Reviewed by: Ed Welch
Rating: 7.45 (Out of 10)
Doc Jones is in the building and he drops this album with a bang! Speaking of “Bang”, I loved the BIG and triumphant horns used in this track, but I’m happier to report that it doesn’t end there. I even love the sample at the beginning of the track from the kid on Indiana Jones when he says, “Hey Lady, you call him Doctor Jones!” …Classic! Then directly after, he hits with these lines…
“Same city, Las Vegas, hunt demons for no fame/free from all sin stand tall with no shame/looking forward to a life with no pain/my heart grew back on faith no Rogaine/fired up on Christ, blue flame no propane/Word of God between white lines, no cocaine/Jesus freak, you know my flow strange/I’m out of this world, heaven is home plate…bang!”
Doc… (ahem, excuse me) Dr. Jones has a nice flow. Let’s be real. The secret to a well done verse is weighted less on the content, but how it was said. Doc Jones has a voice that’s easy to listen to and flows so smoothly across this entire project. You don’t have to search hard to find entertaining and truthful bars on this project.
The production has it ups and downs. The overall sound of the album is definitely more ol’ school, because of the sampling, the simplistic percussion and the actual ol’ school songs that were sampled in some cases. With that being said, my statement about the production may be more personal preference than actual skill on the production tip. Songs like “Born to Be” and “I Did You Wrong” are definitely songs to skip for me on a normal day just for the track alone. But when you put a song like “Bout That Walk” right in between ‘em, it comes across as forgive-able. …(shrug) Sue me. “Bout that Walk” has that same triumphant feel that “Bang” provides except they do it with strings this time. …Don’t worry, I’m not complaining at all. This is a great anthem-type song that gives all followers of Christ (that appreciate rap) a great hook to recite.
“Torture” was produced by Doc Jones and to be honest, it sounds a little amateurish on the production tip. This song is not an automatic skip, but this is definitely not one I’d put on repeat. But as they say, alls well that ends well. Doc picks it up for the last cut of the album with “Worldwide”. I didn’t really care for the first beat switch up/break down, but Doc holds everything down with his flow and wordplay. …Well done. The song does end rather abruptly and since it’s the last song, I kinda felt left out in the cold without a “real” good-bye (tear). C’mon bro, “Send Me Some Love”.
Speaking of abrupt endings, this album is kinda short (11 songs). But hey, I know that’s the growing trend…I get it (sigh). In short (pun intended), D.O.C. Worldwide provides a quick flurry of lyrical punches, but the album as a whole didn’t quite knock me out. But hey, everybody’s a critic. I’m just the guy who wrote the review. Peace and much love.
Ed Welch aka E Pluribus Unum
Overall Production 7
Potential Impact 7