Album Reviews

The Listening Club: Nick Grant – Return of the Cool [review]


This is our 3rd review so far. Hopefully, you’re following along with us. The first was Goldlink and the second was Mack Wilds. This review is Nick Grant, a rapper from South Carolina. This album dropped in January, but we had to revisit it per AJ’s request. Let’s jump into it.

Ron:

I check out Nick Grant after listening to his phenomenal “Don’t Touch My Hair” freestyle. Seriously, if you haven’t heard it, go do that now. The South owns the airwaves now but I was excited to see some traditional lyricism being presented by a Southern artist. This made me excited for Return of the Cool. 

I was so close to making a “BUY STOCK IN NICK GRANT!” post in January before this album’s release but now I’m so glad I didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, Nick Grant can rap his ass off. I just stated he’s a lyricist. He just falls short where most lyricists do, he has absolutely nothing to rap about. There are flashes on this album but ultimately, the music here isn’t all that good or even memorable. He spends the first half of the album rapping about “sending 51 niggas to your area” and spitting other braggadocio raps only to follow that up with a preachy song like “Sing Along”. Nick Grant is at his best when he bucks generic rapper conventions and tries to do his own thing. Instead of rapping like the next Nas or Jay, I want Nick Grant to sound like Nick Grant on his next album. I think if he stays in the lab working on his jumper, he can be a star player. Until now…meh.

Standout tracks:

  • Get Up
  • Get Down

Least Favorite Tracks:

  • PPIPP
  • Luxury Vintage Rap

Did I like it? I didn’t hate it?

Would I recommend? No

Score: 3-5


AJ:

I caught wind of Nick Grant on the Sleeper Picks segment of Joe Budden’s podcast (they usually are good for a fire song each episode) and decided to check out this album. As Ron stated, his freestyle over “Don’t Touch My Hair” is bananas so that made my anticipation for this high. As a retired emcee, I’m very picky when I listen to rappers and Nick Grant strikes me as a rapper who is in his puberty, style wise. He forces witty bars in places where they shouldn’t go and over raps on a lot of these songs. That being said, this album still rides and the production takes you back to the 90s without sounding dated.

Standouts: 

  • Sometimes
  • Gotta Be More
  • The Return of the Cool

Least Favorite Tracks:

  • Sing Along

Did I Like It?: Yes

Would I Recommend it?: Only to fans of backpack rap

Score: 3.5/5


EB:

My “I first heard of Nick Grant” story is that I heard “Black Boy, White Boy” on Itunes radio and I liked it. So when Aj suggested this I thought cool. It’s not bad, but I feel like he is too rhymey or punchline-y. Kinda like Aj said on this, he tries to force bars and doesn’t know when to stop. For me, the production starts off circa the 1970s and fast forwards to present day. Which makes it sound really disjointed in my opinion.  I think the highlight of this album for me is that he has a feature with Watch the duck who some call the fathers of trap step music (love them). Nick is okay, but he has some growing to do.

Standouts: 

  • Sometimes
  • Get Up
  • Get Down

Least Favorite Tracks:

  • Drug Lord Couture
  • Gotta Be More

Did I Like It?: Yes

Would I Recommend it?:   It wouldn’t be something I think of initially to recommend so……no.

Score: 3.5/5

 

Overall, we kinda liked it and would request it to a few people, but we’re not crazy about it.

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