REVIEW: BEST SOLO ALBUM SO FAR

REVIEW: BEST SOLO ALBUM SO FAR

By Jose Valencia, Staff Writer

Offset, whose real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, released his first solo album Feb. 22 that features J. Cole, Gunna, CeeLo Green, Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane and many more. The album was produced by Metro Boomin, SouthSide and Icey Boyz.

“Father of four” is obviously dedicated to his four children Kulture Kiari Cephus, Kody Cephus, Kalea Marie Cephus and Jordan Cephus.

On the title track, “Father of 4,” Offset mentions how he had his first kid at 17 with no job and no plans for his future and being in and out of jail during Jordan’s young life. He also mentioned Kalea, his first daughter, admitting he didn’t know if he was the father or not.

Track #2 it shows you he doesn’t play when people test him, “Go against me and it’s roadkill,” in “How did I get here.”

In the song “Red Room,” Offset reminisces about a crash he was involved in last summer. “When I hit the tree I smell the gas lookin’ at the sky, think about my past.” “Can’t believe it that I got it all out the gutter” I like how he touches in on such a sensitive topic.

On this album Offset talks about his life as a father and a rapper and how he can do both at the same time. He shows his maturity with lyrics like Man, you know what I’m sayin’ Give all the glory to God and hard work. Lookin’ at me like a new person It shows he’s learned from his mistakes as a young man and he’s counting his blessings like in songs like “Father of 4,” “How did I get here,” “Tats on My Face,” “Red Room” and others.

I feel like this album is personal and sentimental to Offset and a honest reflection of himself. Most definitely one of the best albums of 2019 so far.

TEXANS TALK ★★★★★

Jose Valencia

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