KOHH – DIRT | ALBUM REVIEW

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Release Date: October 28th
Format: CD / CD + DVD
Number of Editions: Regular Edition / Limited Edition (CD + DVD)


KOHH delivers a greatly produced record, but fails in delivering a consistent experience

Rap music always struggled to gain mainstream attention in Japan, a market mainly awarding the watered-down versions of this genre mainly brought up in electronic and pop music by artists of the likes of Charisma.com, tofubeats, and Rip Slyme.

Tokyo-based rapper KOHH has been trying to change this situation for quite some time. Hailing from the projects in Kita ward, this young rapper brought his talent to attention with several releases that gained him national and overseas recognition, mainly thanks to his inspiration gleaning from Trap, a darker and atmospheric subgenre of Rap that’s been booming in the U.S in the last years.

More than ever, DIRT owns a lot to this new wave of Rap. With crystalline production that successfully summons atmospheric vibes, the young rapper expresses his feelings with anger and charisma, shining in several tracks like the punching Living Legend as well as in thoughtful numbers such as Now and If I Die Tonight.

Alas, the flow on this record is often stained by compositions that suffer from overly excessive repetitiveness and questionable collaborations, where only american rapper J$tash gives a relevant input, depriving this LP from being a consistent experience, delivering enjoyable moments only when taking some of its tracks individually. The right formula is there, but it needs to be refined and executed better, and despite the mediocre result, this album gives hope for future improvement and a concrete expression of KOHH’s talent.

Vote: 6.5 / 10


Tracklist

01. Be Me
02. Dirt Boys feat. Dutch Montana & Loota
03. Living Legend
04. Now
05. Hitori
06. Tokyo
07. Chigau Ichinichi feat. J $tash
08. If I Die Tonight feat.Dutch Montana, SALU
09. Shini Yashinai
10. Shakou
11. Glowing Up feat.J $tash
12. Kiraku ni Yaru
13. Orera no Seikatsu  feat. Dutch Montana, Mony Horse

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