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Released: 2012

Reviewed by: Neil Christian

Rating: 7.0 (Out of 10)

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Reviewing follow-up projects from artists is always tough as you don’t know what to expect. Did the artist improve on my criticisms? Is he going to repeat the same mistakes again? Are they going to hate me for reviewing them again? These and more questions continue to rummage through one’s head in this scenario. Thankfully, on Ali Rozet’s The Abolition EP, things have changed for the better!

Last time I wrote, “Equipped with a unique voice, [Ali Rozet] wields it effectively and comes with a tight flow, which is missing in today’s CHH scene.” This has not changed. Ali has worked on his rhymes even more and it shows on this EP. Just take Ali’s fire spitting intro track, So we reaping the harvest/the blood spilled by the martyrs…/justified only/ by Christ cause he chose me/ it’s not just that I know him/but thank God that he knows me/so I’m saved by grace!”

There are so many repeat worthy lines in the track, those raps above are just a sampling of the lyrical feast that The Abolition EP is. It also seems like Ali has aspired to understand study the scriptures and spit truth on the project rather than regurgitating what some pastor said. The features are also fabulous. JGivens, a criminally slept on emcee, spits verses on “Beard” that threaten to murder Ali on his own track.  Still, Ali holds his own.

My main complaint of the Ali’s previous project was the beats. Of course, Ali would never be able to weave his flow without a good tapestry. And that is exactly the problem: The tapestry is not good. The fact that he came with such great flow and candor over very average beats is something to admire. It is almost the same problem again. The beats are definitely much better than last time, but the standard wasn’t very high to begin with. The instrumentals (such as “Come and Go”) are basic, full of synths and feel like they were made in 10 minutes. Fortunately, the mixing quality is much better than his last project. Still, it leaves a lot to be desired. The bass is mushy instead of clear and there is not much “headroom” in the beats, so they sound muddled.

With 6 songs on this EP, there is plenty of room for improvement. Nonetheless, Ali brings his A-game and does not disappoint. Despite the flaws of The Abolition EP, it contains great lyrics and even better theology. This EP will lift your hearts and transport your minds to the throne of Christ. Ultimately, isn’t that the aim?

Comprehensive Ratings:
Rating – 7.0

1. Music – 6
2. Flow – 8
3. Creativity / Originality – 6
4. Relevancy – 7
5. Content & Character – 7
6. Credibility & Confidence – 8
7. Personality – 7
8. Presentation Quality – 7
9. Overall Production Quality – 8
10. Potential Impact – 6

jamesrosseau@thecorelinksolution.com
Author: jamesrosseau@thecorelinksolution.com

President/CEO of The Corelink Solution and Holy Culture

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