X.O. Cash puts on an absolute show in “Repeat Nights.”
5. SCRAP MY NIGHTS
“Scrap My Nights” is my kind of club banger!
“Scrap My Nights” has some bounce to it, some gangsta to it, some drowsiness to it, some honesty to it, and tons of infectious vibes. While I do think that X.O. puts up more dynamic performances in other songs on this album, there’s this level of freeness that he raps with on this particular song that resonates with me.
If you don’t think that X.O. can rap circles around your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper, you need to listen to “Diamonds.”
The flows that X.O. Cash raps with on “Diamonds” are dynamic and stronger than a Four Horseman shot. The confidence and carefreeness he raps with in the song is also noteworthy. I feel like X.O. knew exactly what the hypnotizing/bass booming beat needed from him.
Marr Grey is featured on “Diamonds.” While he sounds a little less cocky than X.O., he sounds just as confident and demanding.
I think that “Distracted” is the most complete/well-rounded banger on this album.
“Distracted” is powered by a beat that will make you feel intoxicated. Over it, you get an intriguing back and forth between X.O. Cash, Aurelia, and Luxy KH that revolves around the tug-o-war that goes on in romantic relationships. While both X.O. and Aurelia hit us with infectious melodies in the song, Luxy WH hits us with raps that straddle the line between cocky and noble magnificently.
2. REPEAT NIGHTS
“Repeat Nights” definitely opens up Repeat Nights magnificently (Trust me, what I just said makes sense).
“Repeat Nights” sets the tone for Repeat Nights. The song features a beat that will both rattle your car speakers and put you on cloud nine, explosive rapping, soothing melodies, and lyrics that give listeners a chance to understand how X.O. approaches love, bad connections, and popularity.
Don’t you love how “Repeat Nights” switches up for a brief moment at the very end? It definitely surprised me.
1. LOST ESSENCE
I love it when musicians spill their hearts out on tracks like X.O. Cash and Kale Joseph do in “Lost Essence.”
I’m not going to lie, I felt “Lost Essence” in my soul. The song is powered by a beat that gives off both emotional and spellbinding vibes, intoxicating melodies, and a few clever punchlines here and there (Especially on featured guest Kale Joseph’s part). However, the most important aspect of the song is the vulnerable lyrics that both X.O. and Kale put up in their respective verses (Throughout “Lost Essence,” X.O. and Kale talk about getting into a comfort zone with someone that you are messing with during a time that you are trying to figure s**t out in your own life).
𝕊𝕆ℕ𝔾 𝔹𝕐 𝕊𝕆ℕ𝔾 𝔹ℝ𝔼𝔸𝕂𝔻𝕆𝕎ℕ
1. REPEAT NIGHTS (4/5)
2. DIAMONDS (4/5)
3. TRACTION (3/5)
4. LOST ESSENCE (4/5)
5. DISTRACTED (4/5)
6. DON’T DO (3/5)
7. RIDE THE WAVE (4/5)
8. COME AROUND (3/5)
9. SCRAP MY NIGHTS (4/5)
10. ADDY FEEL (4/5)
11. DISCONNECT (4/5)
12. DON’T CALL (4/5)
X.O. Cash clearly understands the type of music that hip-hop fans, folks his age, folks that are just as hungry as him, and folks that are in sticky relationships want to listen to. Throughout Repeat Nights, not only will those folks be able to relate to him, but they will also be entertained in the process.
Here are a few things that I LIKE about Repeat Nights:
- When X.O. gets his rappity rap on. X.O. Cash is a very good rapper. He knows how to make his bars stick out like Kim Kardashian’s booty by using flows that are dynamic and lyrics that are impossible to not feel. In songs like “Diamonds,” I simply basked in hearing him go the f**k off.
- The beats on the album. Almost every beat on Repeat Nights features a great mix of club vibes and drowsy vibes. In other words, the album makes itself suitable to be played in the littest of nightclubs and the quiestest of holding cells.
- The guests that X.O. calls on. Chemistry is something that is so important to me when it comes to grading albums. With that being said, I love how Kale Joseph, Aurelia, Luxy WH, and Marr Grey all did everything they could to channel X.O.’s energy in Repeat Nights.
- X.O.’s swag. X.O. knows that he’s the s**t. Every lyric that he spews out is fueled by tons of confidence and levels of aggression that cannot be faked. He’s also a fearless singer, so that defnitely tells me that you can’t tell him s**t.
Here are a few things that I DON’T LIKE about Repeat Nights:
- I feel like if X.O. did away with auto-tune, he might shine even brighter. While I do think that some artists need autotune to survive, I do not think that X.O. needs it. In my opinion, his unaltered voice is good enough to appeal to folks.
- It’s too short. I’m greedy, I wanted more than twelve tracks on this album. I guess beggars can’t be choosers.
All in all, Repeat Nights is full of hits. After you finish listening to the album, you’re going to realize how bright X.O.’s future is.
Quincy is the creator of Ratings Game Music. He loves writing about music, taking long walks on beaches, and spaghetti that fights him back.