Vocab Malone - Happy Hardcore

Published Wednesday 9th November 2005
Vocab Malone - Happy Hardcore
Vocab Malone - Happy Hardcore

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13458-3372
LABEL: Makeshift

Reviewed by David Bain

A quick comment: this album has a dreadful cover. Ignoring this, the actual content, led by experienced Phoenix-based rapper Vocab Malone, is pretty good. It's deliberately "old school", which, in this case, means light-hearted, fun and not very serious. Vocab has worked with quite a few hip-hoppers, including John Reuben, who seems to be a massive influence on the general sound of this album. Guests abound on the project: Pigeon John, RedCloud, Lighthearted, Man Of War are all here with DJs Manwell and Bombay with CrewOne handling the beats side of things. It's all professional with tight tunes, some creative track layouts and some uplifting lyrics. You couldn't ask for much more! Unfortunately you could - it is lacking something. Maybe it's been done before, or perhaps the music sounds a bit old now. Sure, Vocab's rhymes and ministry are bound to be hitting home to his audiences - top marks there. I'm just hoping on the next one, which I hope will happen - it'll be a lot more innovative. Oh, and sorry to bring it up again, sort out the cover design and also, please research the actual meaning of 'Happy Hardcore', because last time I checked it had something to do with a speeded up rave culture.

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Reader Comments

Posted by D & D Entertainment in Arizona @ 05:40 on Feb 8 2006

It's Hot!! You continual to allow God to use you

Posted by cardoe in phx az @ 04:16 on Dec 5 2005

yo man the joint was ill
but why dis the cover it was ill too man
everyone did a good job
including my boy cre one big ups
im still looking for crew one and lighthearted...they were awol for this album but i think will make the next release...

Posted by Skye in Arizona @ 03:37 on Nov 25 2005

Vocab has a unique style to be here in AZ. Strangly enough I don't feel the connection between he and J Reuben. Anyhow, I give much props to Vocab, he is doing thangs!

Posted by cre-one in phx az @ 07:35 on Nov 24 2005

crew-one and lighthearted are definitely a highlight on this album! Almost as much as creone and Lightheaded! :P

thanks for the review!!!

Posted by Jesse in Avondale @ 05:34 on Nov 24 2005

review is not as bad as i thought. Vocab is only getting better. although i do agree with the comments on the album cover. much love Vocab, peace.

Posted by tommyboy in phx az @ 05:03 on Nov 24 2005

the album is is a smooth refreshing change of pace from anything else out there right now. it has a real clean sound and a great uniqueness. its a must have!

Posted by Erin M in Phoenix @ 23:44 on Nov 23 2005

Vocab has amazing talent! His music & lyrics are uplifting to the spirit. I love the beats... He keeps it real and you can feel it in the music it is all about Jesus.

Posted by Deroc in Fouche @ 22:41 on Sep 21 2005

This album is great!!! The music is fresh and the raps are tight but most important part is the gospel message.

Posted by Mark Mason in Tempe Arizona @ 16:31 on Sep 20 2005

Vocab is amazing! He slices, dices, and serves up a mean dish. Wait! That's not all... Vocab also mixes together phenomenal production and biblical lyricatry to make music that everybody, and I mean everybody, wants to shake their money maker to.

Posted by Trish in Phoenix, AZ @ 14:41 on Sep 20 2005

Vocab Malone's Happy Hardcore is refreshing and is fun to listen to. I love to drive around town bumping this CD when people are normally all crazy your happy.

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