ALBUM REVIEW- Had Enough’s “Do Not Disturb The Introvert”

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Do Not Disturb The Introvert is the upcoming album by Tulsa, Oklahoma rap/hip-hop/alternative artist, Had Enough. I was lucky enough to get the chance to peep the entire album before its release date on September 1st, 2015, this Tuesday, and I also had the opportunity to personally direct a music video for one of the songs on the album. But we’ll get to that later.

Firstly, I want to say that I’ve personally known Had Enough (Brandon Young) for a little over a year now, but no, my review is not at all based on that friendship nor influenced by it. I’ve listened to music from his past three albums (this is his fourth album), and I see such a vast improvement. He is definitely THE artist you want to look at if you’re wanting to know who’s up and coming in the hip-hop scene. I have no doubts that you’ll be seeing him touring on some high profile gigs within the next year, mostly due to his talent, and also contributed by his new found partnership with the brand new Tulsa-independent record label, MuGen Music, owned by Ryan Paquette.

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Now let’s get into the actual album review. The album kicks off with the opening track “Pessimistic”, which has a very apocalyptic/epic vibe to it. I believe it is a track that nearly any other artist would have typically reserved for the closing track on their album, but in this case, the track works more than perfect as an opener. Had Enough comes in after short sample with bars that Eminem himself would envy. His execution of the spot on lyrics he wrote is absolutely brilliant, and not to be matched by many artists on his level of “popularity”. Many rappers/emcees would do well to take notes from his lyricism and songwriting.

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“Pessimistic” is followed by “Do Not Disturb”, one of my personal favorites from the album. I’m sure I won’t be the only one to pick up even stronger Eminem vibes from this track. The beat itself is reminiscent of the beat on Dr. Dre’s “Forgot About Dre, ft. Eminem”, and Had Enough’s lyrics and vocal style on this track highly reflect a long-time influence of this particular brand of hip-hop, but with an entirely fresh spin on the style. I would say that this song is the best on the album, but in that regard, and that regard only, I am slightly biased.

“Anti-Social” is definitely THE best track of the album, and I might say that because I am biased due to the fact that I directed the music video for it which can be found here.

This song goes very deep and rings nearly perfect to my visual style. The video we did was a dark story about a murderous sociopath that has a hard time distinguishing between right and wrong, or even reality for that matter. His vocals on this track are executed in favor of the lyrics written, with a chorus singing, “Anti-Social, I don’t fucking like you. So buy me a beer, you can buy two.” The way he sings these lyrics can come across as if you had just insulted him in the bar and he was trying to tell you to fuck off as politely as an introvert such as himself possibly can, which is not very polite. I absolutely love the aggressive attitude on the track as well as the lyrics, which speak of shitty ex-girlfriends, watching pornhub, among other things that can either be found as hilarious or mentally screw-balled, depending on your point of view.

After this comes “Autistic or Artistic”, which I’m honestly surprised is not already a song title. It is such an obvious choice for someone who is serious about their work, but also knows when to poke fun of themselves. You’re all too late now, the song name is there, and it’s Brandon Young’s. Next up is my least favorite song (along with “Whiskey Sours”), which is called “Everybody’s Fake (ft. Big Chico). It’s nothing against the song itself, as I’m sure plenty of people who hear it will list it up toward the top of their own list, but for me it’s just far too upbeat and happy. Which was probably the point. I think the beat selection was chosen either for “relief” purposes, to create a different vibe before heading into some of the heaviest tracks on the album, or perhaps as a parody of that upbeat style of music that seems to be so popular among the crowd of people I don’t like at all. I’m going to believe it was the second one, because what funnier thing is there to do on a song called “Everybody’s Fake” than to use a beat in the style of fake people’s music? Let’s appeal to the people we don’t like on a song about them. Great idea. Seriously. I like it.

Another particular favorite of mine is “Stan Lee’s Revenge (ft. Kamino)”, probably the heaviest song on the album, and very in the vein of one of my favorite rappers, Tyler, the Creator. The song to me is similar to Tyler’s song “Transylvania”, and has some hilarious lyrics in it about sex with Mary Jane. Obviously the entire song is written in superhero subtexts, and even the beat sounds like a score from a superhero film. This song is my third favorite from the album, and the heaviness is something I definitely love! To sum up the entire album, I truly feel like he spent a lot of time and hard work making something everyone can enjoy. I’m actually not a huge fan of rap or hip-hop, but he is one of those artists I will always listen to, whether we are friends or not. There truly is something for everybody on this album, from heavy to sad to upbeat and epic. His style is one of immense complexity, and he highly appeals to me because his lyrics are true and he never sticks with what he knows. He always seems to be pushing himself outside of his box (if he even has one at this point), and I personally feel like it’s a shame that I even have to classify him as hip-hop or even alternative. He is a breed all of his own, with a sound that is, to me, instantly recognizable, and I think that very soon, a lot of people are going to agree with me. He is one of a very small collective of hip-hop artists that you don’t want to miss out on. His album, Do Not Disturb The Introvert will be available on all major music markets online, like Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play, as well as in select stores for physical purchase.

Had Enough is an artist to be reckoned with, and I hope you all buy a copy of his album, because it’s a great one! I’d have to rate this album 8 out of 10, and keep in mind that I said I’m not really a big fan of much hip-hop, so I’m not rating it an 8/10 for hip-hop, I’m rating it 8/10 for mother fucking music in general! For more on Had Enough and MuGen Music, visit http://www.mugenmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Had-Enough/178645256008?fref=ts

11222636_10153056992646009_8098091599016735663_n photo by Samantha Smith

Copyright 2015 by Kyle Oliver, written 8/29/15

Kyle Oliver is an award nominated filmmaker for his amazing short film “NUMB“.  He is also a writer, working in screenplays, short stories and novels. To find out more about his latest project,visit http://www.facebook.com/TheManifestingUndead

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