Whenever 9th lets us know that he’s dropping a new project, I’m automatically ecstatic as a fan of his work, The reason is because he’s been consistent for years. His unorthodox flow, his reality raps, his home cooked meal production all flows fluidly through all of this projects. From Marvel Ancient to Perseverance to his latest project titled I Don’t Fit in because I was Born to Stand out. Listening to this album throughout, Its clear that this is possibly his most personal and heartfelt work to date.
If you’re a true appreciation of the soulful vibes of Pete Rock, 9th Legend, Madlib, MF Doom, RZA, Dilla then you’re gonna definitely love this album here. 9th takes you on a journey on his quest to standout. In the midst of the belief comes strife and struggle. He talks about his influences, how his uncle gave him the game to pursue rap and gives a form introduction to who he is on Said and Done.
On Healing he talks about the personal struggle of helping with his mother whom is currently battling cancer(prayers go out) along with dealing with the everyday struggle of being a artist staying true to whom he is in a forever changing music business. He cleverly samples Nas on Failure is not a option which is where he reminds himself that he can’t fail and gives insight of how he was growing up. Relevant is one of my favorite tracks on here which is reminisce of that classic Little Brother sound. Clientele which features Mustafaah Ali is another gem which brilliant inspires folks to use knowledge as Clientele instead of hustling.
As for guest appearances, 9th reached out to Ila R Da Sandman for that NY flavor on Highway which is the best collabo on the album. MD is featured on Amazing and Chilling both provided those laid back soulful vibes that 9th is respected and adored for. He lets folks know that he makes music for the people and if you want to sell a record, You have to find your OWN style.
Between losing his grandmother, his mother battling cancer, and battling the everyday heavy burdens a hip hop artist have to endure. 9th took the pain and turned it into classic art. Every project he seems to get more better. If you’re a true hip hop head then this album is DEFINITELY needed in your collection.
Vic Rating: 10 outta 10