The copy of Trill O.G. I pre-ordered from Amazon arrived today. Let’s get into it.
1.) “Chuuch!!!” f/ J. Prince
I never thought I’d see the day when J. Prince would be praising Drake of all people. Ugh. The track’s a good start to the album regardless, and I liked the “chuuch” and “tabernacle” Pimp C ad-libs; those were a nice touch.
2.) “Trillionaire” f/ T-Pain
Well, it’s not as bad as the Sean Kingston joint from II Trill. But it’s not much better either. But it’s a “for the radio” single (hence the T-Pain chorus) so it’s not like I can expect much from it.
3.) “Just Like That” f/ Young Jeezy
It’s not a bad track, but it sounds more like a left-over from Thug Motivation 103 rather than a track specifically recorded for a Bun B album. I don’t think that Drumma Boy’s monolithic trap beats really work for Bun either. Call me a purist, but he needs to leave that style of beat to Jeezy and them and stick to stuff that has more of an “organic” feel to it.
4.) “Put It Down” f/ Drake
Drake doesn’t ruin this track like I thought he would, but he’s still an absolute clown. (Young Sweet Jones? Ha ha, you wish.) And maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see what the big deal is about Boi-1da. His beats sound like they’re trying to be another “Forever” and it just doesn’t work. And “Forever” wasn’t even that great to begin with.
5.) “Right Now” f/ Pimp C, 2Pac, Trey Songz
While it’s really nice to hear a “new” Pimp verse, this track really doesn’t do anything for me. It pains me to say that, because “Right Now” was one of the tracks that I was looking forward to the most from this album. It just sounds very stitched together—I mentioned this on Twitter, but personally I would have much rather have heard the songs that the Pimp and ‘Pac verses originally came from—and the Trey Songz chorus is horribly out of place.
6.) “That’s a Song”
Does anybody now-a-days give a shit about skits anymore? I don’t.
7.) “Countin’ Money” f/ Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane
I jammed the hell out of this track when it first leaked, and I still like it. It’s probably the strongest track on this album so far. It kind of makes me wish that DJ B-Do had more beats on it. A part of me also wishes that the unused verse OJ Da Jewmane recorded for this track would have made the album.
8.) “SpeakEasy” f/ Twista
This is also a strong track, despite the fact it uses Cedric the Entertainer’s mumbled ramblings in place of a chorus or hook. I really liked Big E’s beat for this one; it’s got a nice ’20s “speakeasy” feel to it, which was probably the point.
9.) “Lights, Camera, Action”
Eh, it’s okay for an album track, but that’s it. It’s nothing special.
10.) “I Git Down 4 Mine”
It’s another okay track, but I think it sorely needed a Pimp verse or hook. The beat sounds like it would be tailor made for him. This is also probably best of this string of Steve Below tracks.
11.) “Snow Money”
I’m not feeling this one. It just kind of drones on and never goes anywhere.
12.) “Ridin’ Slow” f/ Slim Thug, Play-N-Skillz
The chorus kind of kills this for me. Since it’s supposed to be a track for the S.L.A.B., I would have preferred a screwed sample instead of the sung hook.
13.) “Let ‘Em Know”
I already talked about my feelings about this track when I posted it earlier last month. And nothing has really changed since then: it’s a rather mediocre Primo beat with Bun spitting some passable lyrics. That’s about it.
Another dumbass skit? Yeah, I still don’t care.
15.) “All a Dream” f/ LeToya
It’s probably a good thing that this track came towards the end, because it stopped the album dead in its tracks. I did not feel this one at all. I like the concept, but J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League’s beat is really soft ball and way too radio friendly for my tastes.
16.) “It’s Been a Pleasure” f/ Drake
Again, Drake doesn’t completely ruin this track, but he doesn’t really help things either. If the dude is gonna be doing hooks, he needs to put some damn thought into them. It sounds like he just switches on the auto-tune and does some wack ass ad-libs.
This track and “Put It Down” are also pretty much interchangeable. I think it would have been better to drop one and put something else in its place. Maybe another DJ B-Do track? Or hell, something by Mike Dean or N.O. Joe? Anything would have worked better than Boi-1da’s quiet storm bullshit.
So, what are my overall thoughts? Trill O.G. is an okay album. While it’s better than II Trill, it’s just about as much of a mainstream pastiche as that record was. For me, it doesn’t have enough of that “country rap tune” sound that got me hooked on UGK and southern rap in the first place. It’s a shame that Bun is doing songs with Drake over Boi-1da beats, rather than songs with ‘Face over N.O. Joe beats because the former is just not my thing.
What are your thoughts? Feel free to discuss them in the comments.