Album Review: Jarren Benton – My Grandmas Basement
It was mandatory that we reviewed one of our favorite albums of the year of 2013, not just because Jarren is a nutcase on the mic but BeatStars affiliate producer Kato handled most of the production. “Razor Blades & Steak Knives” is the first track on the album and there is no disappointment with the tone that Jarren is setting on his debut Funk Volume album. Kato drops an eerie beat that has enough bounce in it to keep it wide open for Jarren’s comedic lyrics. Hemi’s chorus is reminiscent to the days at Strange Music where Tech N9ne and Krizz Kaliko recorded some soulful killer music. One of my favorite tracks on the album “Life In The Jungle” is what sets it off for me, Jarren goes off double-time and Kato rolled the drums in right on point. The drops right before the chorus comes in are awe-shocking and the change-ups when the chants come in make your adrenaline run wild. The next track “Don’t Act” is another banger that makes you want to puff your chest out and inspire you to take that next spot whether anyone likes it or not. I love when a rapper exudes his confidence on a track and backs it up with a flawless performance. Jarren is definitely a star in the making and he proves it once again with the following track “Dreams”. “Dreams” is an honest song that rides beautiful keys and horns that can give anyone suffering from any negative condition the hope to make it through their adversity. This type of human emotion is a lost art form in today’s hip hop. This track (Dreams) is one of the reason’s we appreciate Jarren in hip hop and hope he continues to solidify his place in history. “Cadillac’s & Chevy’s” is that crew anthem that you want to be knockin’ out the window of that scraper with blunt in hand. Animated flow, bangin’ beat and dirty south anthem hook gives it all the right ingredients to make this that summer time soundtrack to 2013. DJ Hoppa also scratched his a** off at the end of track too! The rest of album is equally as great. Jarren and the Funk Volume team did an amazing job with My Grandma’s Basement making this an independent classic in our books.