Alpoko Don – The Ol’ Soul EP
This album could have gone so wrong, and it so didn’t. Not that I’m opposed to Alpoko Don’s style progressing into a more “produced” sound, but I really admire his courage to put out such a raw body of work for his debut. I’m sure we’ll someday hear his charismatic genius over drum machines and synth guitars, I just hope it grows there organically. I’d hate for him to give in to pressure to sound like other rap music before he’s really ready. He’s got a truly great, original thing going and I see no reason to abandon it unless he begins to feel stifled by it. How great would it be if he could start recruiting already established rappers to guest on his songs in his style instead of the other way around. I’d be so excited to hear “Alpoko Don (feat. Rich Boy)…”, “Alpoko Don (feat. Tim Trees)…”, “Alpoko Don (feat. Gunplay)…”, or think about this: “Alpoko Don (feat. Erykah Badu)…” with NO production. That would be incredible. Until then though, I’ll totally pay $8 for 30 more Alpoko Don albums that sound exactly like this.