March 4th, 2016.
Not only is that this writer’s 25th birthday (thank you, thank you), it’s also the date that Dreamville Records’ own Bas released his second studio album, Too High To Riot.
I’ll venture a guess and say the New York rapper’s drop probably flew completely under your radar this past weekend. I mean, Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered and the Lil Wayne/2 Chainz join ColleGrove stole the show in the hip-hop world.
But this is where that all ends.
Because not only was Too High To Riot superior to untitled unmastered and ColleGrove, the J. Cole album-mate showed the world who Dreamville’s top dog should be.
Originating in Paris, the Sudanese product stayed true to himself and built an album off form-flowing bars, spitting his usual and enhancing the listener experience with writing and production that can only be characterized as the upper echelon.
The album doesn’t possess a skippable track and Bas opens up about personal and world issues over mind-numbing beats (utilizing the likes of Soundwavves, Ron Gilmore, and more).
Now, if you’ve followed this site’s hip-hop voice whatsoever you know that J. Cole is a favorite of ours. I personally took a stroll with him on his Forest Hills Drive Tour — a night that changed my outlook on his underwhelming 2014 Forest Hills Drive. And Patrick wrote about the impact 2013’s Born Sinner has in the hip-hop lexicon today.
Well, I’m here to tell you that Bas is the best emcee Dreamville Records has and Too High To Riot only solidifies that.
You can take my word for it or you can listen to the album below yourself. Either way, pay extra attention to “Night Job,” which features Cole himself as one of only three guest spots on the entire album. Then tell me who you think is superior (that’s why we have comment sections).
That song alone should have Bas near the top of every playlist you make from this day forward, cementing himself as a rapper that’s swimming in “must-listen” waters. Pretty much at this point, his status in hip-hop is just…too high to ignore.