QUALITY CONTROL: CONTROL THE STREETS, VOL. 1

The tongue-twister that is Quality Control’s Quality Control: Control the Streets, Vol 1 is as repetitive as its title.

This 30-track compilation album offers trap on trap on trap on trap on you get the idea. I just wish the producing featured the same variety as the murderers’ row of features.

Yet most simply rap on and to the beat, emphasizing the monotony. That’s why Migos prove to be the only standouts in the bunch; their unusual group flow makes their songs sound different by creating a diversity of rhythm. Instead of straightforwardly following the compositional pace, they often play around with it, lyrically weaving in and out of the productions, changing them in the process. It’s a mark of truly creative rapping, which the rest of the album sorely lacks.

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