Album Review: ZotheJerk’s Black Beach

Welcome to Black Beach.

Passionate and gripping, ZotheJerk’s latest album Black Beach serves as a testament to the struggles that plague a segment of the black community.

The album begins with a sample from an old ballad show routine, which covers most of the album’s major themes, including personal frustration and systematic racism.

With songs like, “Blaxpoitation”, “Loyal Victims”, and “Kill Everything Moving”, the Detroit rapper, who appeared in the film 8 Mile, discusses issues such as wealth inequality and police brutality. He goes in-depth when describing these issues, all while doing so in his own unique, yet unrefined sound, which can sometimes dilute some of the important messages that are highlighted throughout the album.

Although there are songs that somewhat stand out, such as “My Negus” and “Keep Me Safe”, Black Beach does leave the listener hoping for more.

Overall, the album, which is ZotheJerk’s fourth album to date, fulfills its purpose of communicating important issues that are still prevalent in America today. Black Beach speaks to the lost and forgotten; it can strike a chord with those living in impoverished communities in the inner city who feel the pain and frustrations that are documented in the album. In the end, even though the Detroit rapper’s sound can feel a bit raw and unpolished, it is clear that the content within “Black Beach” is substantial.

6.8/10

Be on the lookout on Spotify and iTunes for Black Beach, by the 22 Entertainment artist ZotheJerk.

Black Beach will be available on May 26th, 2017.

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