Author: Anthony Ward
RAGE & THE MACHINE
New Jersey rapper Joe Budden proves he hasn’t aged a bit with the recent release of his new album, “Rage & The Machine.”
With the esteemed artist experimenting different samples, the album sounds like classic Budden.
According to Budden, the project, which was produced by ArabMuzik, was never put together for mainstream appeal.
Since dropping “Rage & The Machine ” it’s been well received and also ranked at number 12 on the iTunes music charts.
Track 1, “Three”, finds Budden speaking over classic Boom-Bap beats, but sounding modern in terms of content while staying true to himself.
Track 2, “Uncle Joe”, explains it all.
Budden, who is in a higher caliber of classic of MC’s, spits about his elder status, but does so in a way to school “younger MC’s” on wisdom and also showing he hasn’t missed a beat.
“Serious”, which features Joel Ortiz, is classic Budden at his best. It’s honest, lyrical, and flashy yet humble. Budden maintains to deliver heavy bars while speaking to his audience.
Track 7, “Time For Work”, delves into why Budden stays creating music content, despite his established success, including his podcast show.
Rage and The Machine is a not only a good album, but a well needed album.
In the time of a changing landscape of hip-hop, where the crossroads meet; Old school and New school are often drawing boundaries.
Joe Budden has made a statement with the new album.
“Rage and The Machine” is an album that is respected by not just older rap veterans and fans, but a newer and younger generation, whether they’re familiar with Budden from the early aughts or not.
Budden has not changed a bit, which is what makes this album a classic.