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Jaden – CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3 (Album Review)

Jaden returns with “CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3.”


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TOP 5

 

5. DEEP END

“Deep End” is one very mellow banger.

“Deep End” will make you want to cry and do the two-step at the same damn time. Yes, the song features a version of Jaden that is mellow, but it also features a beat that has both some oomph and some therapeutic vibes attached to it. The hook that you hear on the song is also way too hypnotizing to pass on.

 

 

4. CABIN FEVER

“Cabin Fever” is a song that hippies will f**k with.

“Cabin Fever” isn’t supposed to galvanize dudes in the bando; it’s supposed to galvanize dudes that hug trees. The song boasts a hazy instrumental, lyrics that are sweeter than Splenda, and melodies that are beyond mesmerizing.

By the time you are done listening to “Cabin Fever,” you should know how to play hacky sack.

 

 

3. YOUNG IN LOVE

The first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the beat attached to “Young In Love” is this: “Look Up, Marlon! Say cheese!”

“Young In Love” features a beat that is clearly inspired by A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation” beat. Over it, Jaden raps about his eclectic style, his luxurious lifestyle, his willingness to shut down haters, and his love for this chick that has been down for him since day one. What I love about the song is that the California native hits us with nothing but raw-ass deliveries on it.

 

 

2. RAINBOW BAP

Jaden sounds vulnerable, gritty, and sprung on “Rainbow Bap.”

“Rainbow Bap” will take you on a roller coaster ride. On the song, you get to hear Jaden rap tough as hell, you get to hear him sing softly, you get to hear him brag his ass off, and you get to hear him sound like he’s been shot by cupid. If you are one of those people that doesn’t think that Jaden is a versatile musician, please listen to “Rainbow Bap.”

 

 

1. BOYS & GIRLS

If you hate “Boys & Girls,” you are evil.

In this cruel world that we are living in, “Boys & Girls” is one of the few songs that gives me hope that GOD won’t be coming down to visit us anytime soon. Throughout the song, Jaden soothingly sings about the importance of empowering our youth.

While Jaden’s lyrics on “Boys & Girls” are beyond powerful, the kid choir that accompanies him on the song is what makes me want to cry my ass off.

Who the hell is cutting onions in my traphouse!?


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. CIRCA (3/5)

2. FALLING FOR YOU (3/5)

3. RAINBOW BAP (5/5)

4. LUCY! (3/5)

5. EVERYTHING (4/5)

6. IN THE HILLS (3/5)

7. BAD CONNECTION (4/5)

8. MUTED SUNRISE (3/5)

9. YOUNG IN LOVE (4/5)

10. CABIN FEVER (4/5)

11. PHOTOGRAPH (3/5)

12. DROPS OF SUN (3/5)

13. SUNBURNT (3/5)

14. DEEP END (4/5)

15. ENDLESS SUMMER (4/5)

16. THE BIRTH OF SYRE (3/5)

17. BOYS AND GIRLS (5/5)


OVERALL RATING

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A good chunk of CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3 makes me want to take ‘Shrooms and watch Once Upon of Time In Hollywood again. A good chunk of the album also makes me want to call Jaden one of the coolest rappers in the world.

I’m not sure there is a rapper in the game that is more fearless than Jaden. Throughout CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3, he channels his inner Drake, his inner Frankie Lyman, his inner XXXTENTACION, his inner Q-Tip, his inner Kid Cudi, and his inner Paul McCartney. In other words, the 22-year old rapper tries his hand at all kinds of music styles on the album. Jaden also gets pretty vulnerable on the album. Not only does he talk about the trials and tribulations that come with being in a relationship, but he also reminds the world that he’s a rich brother that can probably do what you and I can’t do on any given day.

To be honest with you, I like Jaden the rapper more than Jaden the singer… In my opinion, he is slightly better at dropping impactful bars than creating melodies that will stick with people. Don’t get me wrong, I love it when musicians experiment with different sounds, but I don’t like it when they force s**t; in my opinion, Jaden forces s**t on a few songs that he sings on. Nonetheless, every song on CTV3: The Cool Tape Vol. 3 is intriguing enough to at least keep your attention.

On the real, CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3  went over my f**king head. I don’t fully understand what I heard on the album, and I think that’s what makes it an a must-listen. Sometimes you have to let the youth be free, and Jaden is free-er than Willy on CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3.

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Quincy Dominic is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.

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