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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Album Review: Barak Jacuzzi's "Coco Season"

Barak Jacuzzi's  "Coco Season" album cover art
Barak Jacuzzi's "Coco Season" album cover art

Mixtape: Coco Season

Artist: Barak Jacuzzi

Genre: Hip hop, Trap

Release: July 7

Following the traction Barak Jacuzzi's February release "The Juice Bar" got him, he has followed it up with yet another mixtape, "Coco Season". In the months since his last project, Barak's position in the rap game has grown tremendously, with his presence more visible than ever. Now with his latest effort, he seeks to solidify his place as one of the best, if not the best.

The Coco Ma$ta is one of the few locally based artists with impressive work ethics. He might not be commanding such a huge following, but he seems to be aware of what he is doing. He has properly packaged his compilation and put it up for streaming.

The seven-track album begins with Barak asserting that he has been working hard and he is coming for the top spot in "Practice". "Thug Love" stands out as his most romantic track ever. The track features guest appearances from fellow rapper Mvroe and Steph Kapela.

In the tracks "Campaign" and "Dat Type", he is switching up flows and delivering too many self-aggrandising punchlines. The last two tracks, "Low-key" and "Funky Stuff", offer well- executed, club-destined hits.

In his attempt to deliver a promising turn-up compilation, the American-Kenyan entertainer is guided by his current situation from start to finish. He teams up with producers like Ceezy, Kalahari Studios and Limitless on a collection of amazing club-rap bangers.

Throughout the mixtape, Barak sounds right at home. He is leveraging the sound that shapes him, and it would be safe to assume that there was great chemistry with his producers.

Barak Jacuzzi, who greatly draws his inspiration from outside — Wiz Khalifa, to be more specific — seems content to bask in the sound he exhibits. There has been significant growth exhibited, and a lot is expected as he continues to figure out how to get to the top. Anyway, as he would actually put it, "Coco Season" is Mo Juice.

Star rating: 3.5 out of 5

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