RoGizz vs. Black Blago (CD)

What’s His Name is the first track on RoGizz vs. Black Blago, and the track immediately will draw listeners’ attention to the disc. RoGizz’s flow is utterly unique as it touches upon the new New York City (French Montana, Red Cafe) rappers just as much as Atlanta (T.I., Shawty Lo). The production of this cut takes on past and present. The track moves through the work of Mannie Fresh and Zaytoven to make something that will get spins at any club.

Freedom is a slower track but does not fall into the same problems that typically occur when hard rappers go soft; this actually works on two different levels. The inclusion of different featured artists during the album is smart, allowing the aforementioned Freedom to stretch out to the four-plus minute mark. Stank Hoe is a laid-back, funky / soul-based track that could easily have been on a Smoke Dza or Snoop Dogg record. Each track on RoGizz vs. Black Blago continues to hit listeners upside the head; each of the disc’s twelve cuts could easily make it onto rap radio rotation.

No Excuses is a late-album track that keeps momentum high; there is a dedication and drive present in the flow that pushes listeners towards the end. The disc’s penultimate track, Street Government, showcases the fact that RoGizz and Black Blago do not sleep. Ending this CD with No Slackin’ (featuring Black Blago, Cappadonna, and Ekim Pahkwah) is smart; there is no stuttering in quality. Rather, listeners will eagerly anticipate any other titles dropping from RoGizz’s neck of the woods. Check him out live, on various social media sites, and see where he goes in the years to come.

Top Tracks: Every Moment is Different, I Don’t Know Why

Rating: 8.5/10

RoGizz vs. Black Blago (CD) / 2012 Self / 12 Tracks /

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