enters the Billboard chart this week at #14
Spotify online listen
not yet rated by allmusic
3rd studio album
7 featured artists
I can get into some of the beats (we used to call it music)
but you just can't get by the subject matter, the language and the delivery
if it wasn't for those 3 things, rap would be alright
not my thing but it may be yours
artist website - http://kidinkmusic.com/home/
Bio - from allmusic
MC and producer Kid Ink -- born Brian Todd Collins in Los Angeles, California, and formerly known as Rockstar -- rose steadily by releasing a series of four mixtapes
during 2010 and 2011. XXL magazine was impressed enough to list Kid Ink beside the likes of Danny Brown and Macklemore in its Freshman Class feature for 2012.
That June, Kid Ink released Up & Away, his first proper studio album, via Tha Alumni. Although it featured beats from several producers -- including Ned Cameron,
Cardiak, Jahlil Beats, and the Amazinz -- there were no guest verses, and therefore no disruptions in Kid Ink's nonchalant flow. It peaked at number 20 on the Billboard
200 chart and reached number three on the publication's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. After another mixtape, he signed to major-label RCA and released his second
effort, My Own Lane, in 2014. Tyga, Chris Brown, and Pusha-T all made guest appearances.
Album Review - from allmusic
Los Angeles' Kid Ink has blossomed into a poster boy for the classless rapper. The tatted-up lothario found his calling card in cahoots with Chris Brown on 2013's "Show
Me" single, hooked around a sizable sample of Robin S' similarly titled '90s dance-pop hit. Since that breakthrough moment, his career has been finely tuned to focus on
the sole goal of scoring the soundtrack to a Sweet-16 party going down at a delusionally ritzy suburban nightclub. The Kid's fourth studio album, Full Speed, suggests it's
a conceit that reeks of oblivious distaste; while he attempts to revel in brags like "feel fresh like Axe on me," the experience here only leaves you wondering how to
extinguish the whiff.
The 12-track set is sparked by "What It Feels Like," which at least attempts to be the sort of brooding statement of intent akin to how rappers with a fluke crossover hit
love to open their follow-up album. But instead of a reactionary outpouring of frustration or addressing the criticisms — a lyrical performance to remind everyone that the
emcee can still spit with venom — the song stumbles into throwaway territory when the Kid is content to mumble deep thoughts like, "Man, this shit is too real life."
Building on this lackluster salvo, the rest of the project soon emerges as a textbook example of tackiness.
Despite somewhat man-of-the-moment DJ Mustard notching two behind-the-boards credits (and upcomer Metro Boomin' closing the project out in a perkier fashion on
"Like a Hott Boy"), the production feels culled from a Random Club Banger Generator. Tracks like "About Mine" and "Dolo" show an ambition only to become part of the
background ambiance of a supermarket. To this sonic sheet Kid Ink adds one-liners that dwell in equally corny climes. Kicked in a brogue that often attempts to channel
a singsong style but more often sounds like a whine, boasts like "Been drinking like you're thirsty" commingle with outdated barbs like "Life is a bitch crazier than Kelis."
What disappoints most about Full Speed though is how despite the slick sheen, its lasting impression is characterized by a lack of ambition or awareness. The album
should be a bright lights journey through Kid Ink's club-hopping, a world of late-night revelry and sexual shenanigans — but it never hints at an escape from the small-
time. This is a dude who sees ordering bottle service in a garish club as an end-goal in itself, rather than an accoutrement to prosperity. And like the Kid's favored body
spray, it's mostly memorable for its insolent reek.
1. What It Feels Like
3. Dolo feat: R. Kelly
4. Body Language feat: Tinashe / Tinashé / Usher
5. Hotel feat: Chris Brown
6. Cool Back
7. Be Real feat: DeJ Loaf
8. Every City We Go feat. Migos
9. Round Here
10. About Mine feat: Trey Songz
12. Like a Hott Boyy feat: Bricc Baby