Dominion Review – Tech N9ne Collabos

Dominion is the 2017 Album released under the “Tech N9ne Collabos”, and features great Strange Music artists such as Tech N9ne, Ces Cru, Krizz Kaliko, Prozak, and more. It marks the sixth album released on the “Tech N9ne Collabos” profile on music services. This review will be covering the entire album, and every song. This album includes skits as many Tech N9ne albums do, and I will not be reviewing skits, because they’re not particularly what I am interested in looking at here.

TRACK LIST AND REVIEWS:

DRAMA (Feat. Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko)
Drama is the first song on the album, and leans on the heavier side. The trap beat is very well put together, the every kick, snare, and clap matching the vocals and flow perfectly, and its mixing was done particularly well. Tech N9ne’s verses are pretty standard for Tech’s bragging type songs, talking about how he’s great, and also how he’s a bad ass, among other braggadocios statements. The hook, done by Krizz Kaliko, fit the song’s mood perfectly as well. However, in the end, I didn’t like the overall sound. While it wasn’t a terrible song, I don’t think it was particularly great, either. Overall, I give DRAMA an 8/10

CASKET MUSIC (feat. Ces Cru, Tech N9ne & Wrekonize)
Now, I normally really like Ces Cru, but I feel like they kinda dropped the ball here. Their flow didn’t really seem to fit over the beat always, and sometimes it felt like they were stepping out of their comfort zone and having issues adapting. Ubiquitous’s verse was far stronger than Godemis. Wrekonize did the hook, type thing, though it wasn’t really a hook. It was more like an interlude if anything. It felt kind of boring, though it did fit with everything else in the album. Tech’s verse was about as good as Ces Cru’s verses were respectively, but didn’t quite out perform Ubiquitous’s verse. I give Casket Music a 5/10.

Put Em On (feat. Darrein Safron, Tech N9ne, & Stevie Stone)
This sounds pretty standard for what you expect from a Darrein Safron and Tech N9ne collaboration song. There’s a very deep bass line, synthetic bell sounds, and the basic trap setup for the mids and highs. The verses by Tech N9ne and Stevie Stone are pretty standard for the both of them on a song like this as well. It’s very reminiscent of the song Darrein and Tech had released earlier in Darrein’s SM career “All for You”, not necessarily in what the sounds about, but, to me, it’s very clear the same basic sounds were reused for this song, excluding the bass. I give “Put Em On” a 6/10.

Wheels Like Hill (feat. Tech N9ne)
Wheels Like Hill is a fairly basic Tech N9ne car-bumping song. It’s a song about “running away from Gold Diggers”, as Tech said himself. It’s not a particularly good or bad song, it just seems kinda basic. It’s something I could see someone listening to loudly driving, but other than that I don’t really think it’s something that’s worth listening to over and over. I give Wheels Like Hill 6/10.

Nevermind Me (feat. Stevie Stone, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, and Mackenzie Nicole)
Another song that just seems like something you’d listening to driving down the road. It’s reminds me of some older “Club Bangers”, such as “Low” by Flo Rida, but lyrically it’s not the same as songs like those. It’s clearly more complex and worth listening to, but I don’t think it’s any better than any of the other songs on the album, nor do I think it’s worth listening to over and over. I give Nevermind Me a 6/10.

Some Good (feat. JL. of  B. Hood & Tech N9ne)
Now, I like this song a lot. It’s a very chill song about, as is clear, Smoking Weed. Unlike the other chill-esque songs on the album, however, this one is more well balanced sound wise. The vocals and the instrumental work together to produce a sound that could give you goosebumps. JL’s verse introduces you to the tone, and Tech doesn’t bring the song down at all. I actually think Tech’s verse is better than JL’s. The hook is extremely catchy, and the song is funny to listen to. This is a song I can recommend listening to over and over. I give Some Good a 9/10

Reloaded (feat. Darrein Safron, Tech N9ne, Godemis)
Reloaded, instrumentally, is kinda off-setting and not very appealing. The first verse feels a little too sporadic, but Darrein does show off that he can, in fact, rap, as he’s been trying to get people to accept for a while now. Tech’s verse is extremely fun to listen to. He sounds cool, relaxed, and confident. He speaks clearly, and there’s no  pronunciation problems. The hook is annoying, really, and I think the song would be better without it. Godemis’s verse is kind of a change from the other two verses, and it starts off a little slow, but when he picks up, he gets better. Overall, I give Reloaded a 7/10.

Bacon (feat. Godemis, Murs, Brotha Lynch Hung)
This is the first song in which Tech N9ne is not featured on, and I don’t think that it makes any difference than on a lot of the other songs. This song is another one of those songs I don’t see being listened to outside of when you’re driving down the road. It’s very bass-heavy. The hook is catchy, and the verses are really forgettable. Overall, I give Bacon a 6/10. 

Shoe Game (feat. Krizz Kaliko, Mackenzie Nicole)
Shoe Game is kind of boring to listen to at the beginning. Mackenzie under performs, and it shows. Her auto-tune is super noticeable and it detracts from what could have been singing that warrants credit. Krizz’s verse is interesting but it’s also not really all that worth it. This song feels like a huge let down. I give Shoe Game a 4/10.

The Answer (feat. Ces Cru, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko)
The immediate sound is super, super unattractive. Krizz’s voice just sounds uncomfortable to me at first. Then, Ubiquitous drops in, and the song sounds completely different. Krizz’s hook is not interesting at all, and just makes me cringe. However, the verses in between are SUPER good. The hook drags the entire song down, but the verses are too good to pass up a couple listens. I give The Answer an 8/10.

Salute (feat. Murs, Tech N9ne, ¡MAYDAY!)
Now, at this point, we basically know what to expect from ¡MAYDAY!. It’s going to sound like a southern Miami mix of Hip Hop and Rock and Roll. That’s what we know is going to happen with them and what we’re going to get from them. However, we also know what to expect from Murs, and from Tech N9ne, and this song is another great ¡MAYDAY! and Murs combination, with some Tech sprinkled on to make it even better. The whole song is just fun and great to listen to, and it’s something I can recommend listening to. I give “Salute” a solid 8/10.

Fish in a Pita (feat. Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko)
This song continues the mood of Salute. It’s very southern Miami hip-hop/rock inspired. The song is just as fun as Salute to listen to, minus ¡MAYDAY! and Murs, of course. Krizz Kaliko does the hook, and it fits the whole mood and sounds really good with the rest of the song. It’s very soul inspired. This song overall doesn’t send a particular message, but it’s definitely worth a listen and is a fun song to work to. I give Fish in a Pita an 8/10.

Mo’ Ammo (feat. Murs, Tech N9ne, & Rittz)
Mo’ Ammo is the third song following this southern Miami hip hop/rock sound. This song is just as fun to listen to as the others, too. It’s not quite the same, and doesn’t particularly stand out. It’s still a fun listen that’ll be good to listen to when you’re doing work, among other situations. I give Mo’ Ammo a 7/10.

Lowdown (feat. Darrein Safron, Tech N9ne, & Ubiquitous)
From what I interpreted, this song is a commentary on people’s recent and not-so-recent constant need to silence people who don’t agree with them, politically, musically, and religiously. This song is really, really good. The verses are well done from both Tech and Ubiquitous. They both tell a different story in a slightly different way, but they both tell them well, and produce well rounded verses. I give Lowdown an 8/10.

Morning til the Nightfall (feat. Rittz, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, and Wrekonize)
This song is clearly a Rittz song. The beat follows his iconic style of beat use, and it’s not really a change at all from anything else he’s ever done. Rittz’s verse is about what you expect from him. Krizz Kaliko’s verse kinda just follows suit with what Rittz did, and isn’t much different. Wrekonize brings his iconic style of writing onto the song, and it fits Rittz’s style pretty well, too. Overall, Wrekonize delivers the best verse, but it’s not enough to save the whole song. I give Morning til the Nightfall a 5/10.

Take You Down (feat. Mackenzie Nicole, Ryan Bradley, & Stevie Stone)
Mackenzie Nicole does about exactly what she always does. She never seems to change her style up much, and doesn’t seem to take any chances with her music, and that’s a little disappointing. She sounds like she’s trying to do what every other mainstream music making artists does, which isn’t bad so to speak, but it’s not interesting for a Strange Music artist. Ryan Bradley’s voice is awesome, and he fits the song well, but he delivers the same disappointing sound that Mackenzie Nicole produces. Stevie Stone’s verse is really good, but it also doesn’t save the song, either. I give Take You Down a 4/10.

Jesus and a Pill (feat. Prozak, Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko)
Jesus and a Pill is a solid sounding hard rock/classic hip hop mix. Krizz Kaliko does the hook, and Prozak and Tech N9ne do the verses. Both of their verses sound good, and the slow instrumental doesn’t detract from their particularly fast verses. The song isn’t something I’d listen to, but I can see past that and accept that it could be good to someone. I don’t like the hook, though. The song overall gets a 6/10 from me.

Angels in the Playground (feat. Stevie Stone, Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko)
This song is a little too basic trap sounding for me. Stevie’s verse didn’t interest me at all, and Tech and Krizz don’t really add much to the song for me either. I wasn’t interested in what the song is about either, and it was way too… I just didn’t like this song at all. I give this song a 3/10. 

OVERALL SCORE AND LAST THOUGHTS 

Overall, Dominion is a good album. It’s also about what you expect from Strange Music, aside from Mackenzie Nicole honestly dragging a little. She has a lot of potential but I think she needs to work on her sound a little more.

Best Song: Some Good – J.L of B. Hood, Tech N9ne
Worst Song: Angels in the Playground – Stevie Stone, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko

Overall Score: 6/10

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