Listening to Stevie Stone’s 2 Birds 1 Stone, two things immediately stand out: the rapper has a knack for brash lines and the production is top notch. The title track is an in your face cut that is complete with what any rap enthusiast would be looking for – heavy bass, a memorable hook and superb rhyming. On the track, it becomes clear that Stevie Stone, while at first listen may sound similar to Pastor Troy, Petey Pablo or even Juvenile, that he is a lane all by himself. “Get Out My Face” is a club banger that discusses the fascination of spending money and living life to the fullest. It is one of the highlights on the album.
While most albums have one masterpiece, 2 Birds 1 Stone appears to have two. The anthemic, “Grave Digga” feels Bonecrusher-esque with its brazen punch and the finale “1 O’clock Jump,” is radio ready and will have you turning the volume up on your speakers. “Phases” more or less keeps with the album’s hard hitting theme of club bangers and reflections. It is a reflective cut on life as Stone ruminates on the clarity that one receives in the different stages of their life. “Boomerang” is a track on relationships. Stevie Stone remarks on the arguments. It is the what goes around, comes around feature on the album. “Boo Thing,” is another radio friendly piece that surprisingly works amidst the creations that are presented here.
Stevie Stone is a part of the Hip-Hop independent record label, Strange Music that was founded by Tech N9ne and Travis O’Guin. 2 Birds 1 Stone is entertaining, and may possibly be one of the better sophomore albums by a rapper to emerge in quite some time.
Prime cuts: “Boo Thing,” “Grave Digga” & “1 O’clock Jump”
2 Birds 1 Stone receives a PARL
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