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Quality Control – Control The Streets, Volume 2 (Album Review)

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Quality Control looks to keep their winning ways going with the stacked “Control The Streets, Volume 2.”


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TOP 5

 

5. PINK TOES

“Pink Toes” is so f**king fly, lyrical and trill! With the song being powered by this bass boomin’ instrumental, listeners are gifted to nothing but contrasting rap styles, as Offset gives us a verse full of terrorizing bars and tongue-twisting flows, Da Baby gives us a verse full of bullying vibes and tricky flows, and lastly, Gunna gives us something slick and inaudible. In my opinion, the combination of all the different sounds makes for quite the listen.

While I love everybody’s contributions on this track, whoever is playing the flute on the instrumental is the real MVP!

 

 

4. SOAKIN WET

Oh s**t, Marlo the furniture store has a song with Offset and City Girls?!

There’s endorsements, and then there’s major endorsements; being able to get Offset and City Girls together for a song is a major endorsement for Marlo! While the end-result isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, the song does have some exciting elements attached to it, as it features a fast tempo’d/bass boomin’ instrumental, a Lil Baby-esque performance by Marlo on his verse and the hook, and contributions by Yung Miami and Offset that are enjoyably ratchet and entertainingly complex (Respectively). You know what? I’ll say this song is equivalent to Rye bread!

I am so convinced that the City Girls have rabies.

 

 

3. STRIPPER BOWL

“Stripper Bowl” is an amped up track that feeds off of club vibes and gutter feels. As expected, Quavo is the star of the show, gifting us with this rowdy/catchy contribution throughout. As for Offset and Takeoff, they do their parts in playing real n***as that have strippers, money and dubs in their vicinity on their respective verses. When you combine the three sounds together, you get a stereotypical Migos track that sounds a bit undone.

Why does it sound like Takeoff and Offset are playing Quavo’s bodyguards on this song?

 

2. WIGGLE IT

If you have any type of buzz, French Montana wants to work with you! Earlier this year, French linked up with Blueface — A dude that’s getting tons of love in LA — and in “Wiggle It,” he decided to link up with City Girls — a duo that seems to be on just about everyone’s latest single.

As expected, “Wiggle It” is ratchet, featuring an instrumental that strip-club-afies NIghtcrawler’s classic “Push The Feeling On” instrumental. Over this instrumental, French Montana talks big, discussing his wads of money and playa ways. As for City Girls, they play bougee strippers that chase money and disrespect cheapos like myself on their lone verses on the song.

Personally, I love how catchy “Wiggle It” is, even though the lyrics you get on it isn’t all that great…

 

 

1. DOUBLE TROUBLE

“Double Trouble” is too gangsta, too catchy, too melodic, and too club-ready to pass up on. With the track being powered by this hard-hitting instrumental, Quavo and Meek Mill shine; with the former delivering a trill ass hook and verse that is also pretty melodic, and the latter playing fly guy on his lone verse, reminding the world of all the savage things he’s capable of dabbling in on a daily basis.

I can see this song having a similar impact in the club that Nav’s “Tap” does.


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. INTRO (4/5)

2. ONCE AGAIN (3.5/5)

3. BABY (4/5)

4. WHAT IT IS (3.5/5)

5. FROSTED FLAKES (4/5)

6. PASTOR (3.5/5)

7. I SUPPOSE (3/5)

8. BACK ON (4/5)

9. PINK TOES (4.5/5)

10. DEAD MAN WALKING (1.5/5)

11. 100 RACKS (3/5)

12. DOUBLE TROUBLE (4.5/5)

13. BLESS EM (3.5/5)

14. LIKE THAT (3.5/5)

15. BIG ROCKS (4/5)

16. VIRGIL (3.5/5)

17. MAGELLANIC (4/5)

18. LEAVE EM ALONE (4/5)

19. RIDE (3.5/5)

20. WIGGLE IT (4/5)

21. STRIPPER BOWL (4/5)

22. COME ON (3/5)

23. SOAKIN WET (4/5)

24. LONGTIME (3.5/5)

25. YEH (2.5/5)

26. MENACE (3/5)

27. BIG BAG (2/5)

28. GRAB A… (3.5/5)

29. KILLIN’ TIME (3/5)

30. BAIT (3.5/5)

31. SHOULDER (3.5/5)

32. TESTAMENT (4/5)

33. GET EM IN (3/5)

34. MURDA (3/5)

35. AIN’T NUTHIN’ (2/5)

36. HIT (3/5)


OVERALL RATING

(C+)

 

I know you’re not going to believe me when I tell you this, but I listened to this album from start to finish and enjoyed it quite a bit! While most compilation tapes these days features a variety of artists that don’t fit with one another on tracks, this particular project features outstanding chemistry between everyone involved, verses from individuals that stayed in their pocket, and most importantly, collaborations that made sense.

I think it’s pretty obvious that 2019 is the year of strip club music. On about half of “Control The Streets, Vol. 2,” that’s the music you are subjected to, as ratchet artists like City Girls, Saweetie, Quavo, Offset and more shine by being stereotypical big baller/sex-loving rappers that don’t mind paying for lust. Most of the other tracks on this album are hard-hitting/dark, featuring reckless verses by artists such as Lil Yachty, Da Baby, Lil Baby, Gucci Mane and more. With that being said, “Control The Streets, Vol. 2” is one of those projects that can be enjoyed in a club setting, but if you are trying to find something to listen to on a long plane ride or at work, s**t might be too trap/trill for you.

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