Album Review: “Convertibles” – Chuck Inglish

29e11a57The Favorites:

  • “Came Thru/Easily” (feat. Mac Miller & Ab-Soul)
  • “Attitude” (feat. BJ The Chicago Kid)
  • “Glam” (feat. Chance The Rapper)

After previously reviewing Chuck’s Droptops mixtape he released last June, I was extremely skeptical about this new album. Fortunately, what the Michigan artist lacked in mind-blowing production, fitting features and variety on his last project, he makes up for on this one. Although it has only minor weaknesses (“Ingles” being the biggest one), Convertibles proves to be a pretty accurate showcase of Inglish’s capabilities as both a rapper and a producer. To compare it to recent album releases would do it an injustice since Inglish has always had a sound of his own. With the weather warming up, Convertibles is a solid soundtrack for your summertime fun.

  1. “Elevators” (featuring Buddy and Polyester the Saint) – Starting off with a bang, “Elevators” is just more evidence of the perfected groovy hip-hop sound Inglish has crafted over the years. With verses from Cali artists Buddy and Polyester, the track screams Westcoast bounce.
  1. “Swervin” (featuring Sir Michael Rocks and Polyester the Saint) – No matter how many solo projects both Chuck and Mikey drop, fans will automatically go to their collaborative records first to hear the nostalgic Cool Kids sound. Naturally, the track fails to disappoint, and has even been titled as the “hardest song we’ve ever done” by Inglish. Ironically, I’ll leave it up to you guys to decide whether or not it deserves that label.    
  1. “Legs” (featuring Chromeo) – Electrofunk mixed with a groovy vibe and just the right dash of cowbell. The lively track will have you dancing before you know it, and Chromeo’s unique contribution definitely makes up for the repetitiveness of the hook.
  1. “Came Thru/Easily” (featuring Mac Miller and Ab-Soul) – As a previously released single on his Easily EP, the record accurately fits in with the Droptops feel of the album. Hard-hitting 808s in addition to a Plus, who can say no to a verse from Ab-Soul?
  1. “Attitude” (featuring BJ The Chicago Kid) – As he usually does, BJ The Chicago Kid delivers just the right amount of soul to make the song a hit. In this love ballad, the innovative artists collaborate to create a summertime love song perfect for all of the couples to ride along to.
  1. “Ingles (Mas o Menos)” (featuring Cap Angels) – The Hispanic in me wants to enjoy the reggaeton-esque sounds of this track, yet the music critic in me won’t allow it. Chuck’s attempt to include a party song on the album instead proves to be one of the more lackluster records on Convertibles.
  1. “Money Clip” (featuring Vic Mensa, Retch, Hassani Kwess and Sulaiman) – It’s around this part of the album where we begin to realize that while production-wise Inglish has continued to excel with a new revived Cali sound, lyrically, he’s still the same rapper from “Black Mags”. The typical subject matter does however get overpowered by witty bars from new voices Retch, Hassani Kwess, and Sulaiman, as well as a clever verse from Chicago’s Vic Mensa.
  1. “P.R.I.S.M.” (featuring Jade Hurtado) – While the electric guitar solos are definitely attention-grabbers, it’s the vocals from feature Jade Hurtado that transition the song into a different style. The singer/songwriter’s harmonizing vocals make up for Chuck’s rhythmically fitting, yet dull verse.
  1. “Gametime” (featuring Action Bronson) – On the plus side, this track is lyrically one of the better songs on the album.  On the other other hand, the track is way too short. Luckily, the simple, yet catchy production, along with an entertaining and witty verse from Bronsolino, make up for the quick-ending record.
  1. “H.M.U.” – Nostalgia at its finest. This playful track will have you reminiscing about a Memorial day cookout you probably never even had before. Chuck once again proves why he’s one of the best at making the perfect summertime music.
  1. “Shitty Lullaby” (featuring Sabi) – The accurately-titled record finds Chuck tackling the common break-up battle of “should I stay or should I go”. With Sabi’s airy voice creating a haunting, yet mesmerizing hook, the song is a certified hit.
  1. “Dreamy” – Every album needs one or two filler tracks, right? Between the subpar lyrics and the overpowering piano in the production that will either wow or annoy you, “Dreamy” is easily at the bottom of the list for this album.
  1. “Glam” (featuring Chance The Rapper) – With a beautiful trumpet-laden buildup, an inspirational message of staying faithful and driven, along with a naturally unorthodox yet perfectly crafted feature from Chance, the track easily becomes one of the best songs on the album. If the verses don’t grab you, the jazzy and melodic outro will definitely capture your attention.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

*originally published on TheRedefined.Com, now CrackTheCrown.Com.

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