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Husalah: H Album Review

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Husalah is starting 2018 off right with his first solo album since his release from Federal Prison; a song for every face of Husalah, this long awaited album does not disappoint.

Staying true to himself and his fanbase, Husalah releases “H.” From the reggae inspired “Cyan Stop Me”, flowing into “Mi Encanta” boasting a latin inspired instrumental and sample, flowing directly into M.O.B which brings it back to the more “Hyphy” style Husalah for those looking for a taste of Tonka Boyz there is no mistake that Husalah is staying true to himself and not letting outside influences and trends ruin his sound.

Husalah moves into “Cold Outside”, with a sobering instrumental reminiscent of Guns, Dope and Religion, Husalah touches on the shift in the streets and draws comparisons between the real struggle and hustlers and the current state of the hood. Questioning “When did realness stop?” and beginning the song with the line “so many real ones in the place where I left at, as soon as I come back I see less hustle.” echoing the concuss that the streets and the hustle that the hood used to thrive off has changed.

Listening to the instrumental for “Just Another” you would believe that you were hearing a love song, but the feature of Rydah J. Klyde the veteran fan would be alerted that this song would have a hustling context, in true fashion Rydah and Husalah put together a soulful tale about pimpin and mackin.

Paying homage to Mac Dre, “Bad Young Thang” embodies the style of the late Bay Area legend to a tee, including the abrupt ending as if it was a mic drop; while still putting a Husalah spin on it giving fans of both the artist a song that they can’t deny.

“Protect Your Soul”, inspired by Sade’s Bullet Proof Soul comes in as a hard hitting L-Finguz produced single painting a narrative for the streets and the rush of “war time”.

“Humpin” brings the mood back to a lighter more party-like feel, definitely could hear a B-Luv feature on a track like this.

The Husalah and Jacka’s collaboration track “Keep Mobbin” comes in a time where a new track from The Jacka is drastically needed; bringing back an “Animal Planet” type feel ready to get the party started.

The thought provoking retrospective “Second Time Around” speaks on situations faced by many youth during their coming of age, giving insight into situations seen in the hood, but not understood by the mass populous. The second verse’s story of the 17 year old man sentenced to life for a murder reminding the world that he wasn’t even old enough to get in to the club, hadn’t ventured far outside of his city…an unfortunate tale that has been repeated many of times.

RobLo’s production on “Don’t Die” is a breath of fresh air in an industry filled with music without soul to it. The content is uplifting, in a reggae styled hook Husalah sings “They teach youth that they’re useless, please don’t die”, speaking of the effects of the media and our communities, he continues on to speak about his past and how he was not fully righteous in some choices, but forced by being a victim of circumstance to put religion on the back burner in order to move into a better situation. He also touches on the uptick in drug use and rightfully draws comparisons between drugs that are socially acceptable and drugs that are not saying, “you might as well shoot some black if you really pourin lean”, He also points out that the streets have lost sight of the original goal(getting out) saying, “Sellin yo soul for plastic shoes, you forgot the rules you chasin a dream”, and speaking of how misguided the youth are “You want to be just like your hero, but your hero died, now I’m yelling please don’t die.”

Ending “H” with the Traxamillion produced “Pray 4 You” was a great touch, bringing it full circle with a reworked version of the song that gave the streets so much energy and hope for his return, undeniably the climax of the album and a great send off…until the next.

This album is a culmination of all of the Husalah’s styles, giving everyone a little bit of what they have been starving for with an overarching theme of enlightening the youth about the downfalls of the lifestyle, the ups and the downs. With Production from RobLo, Maki, Traxamillion, The Mekanix and L-Finguz to name a few, “H” is personally my favorite album of the year and has been on repeat since its release.

Make sure to buy the album!

Buy/Stream/Download Link: https://empire.lnk.to/husalah-h

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