FU­TURE Hon­est Free­bandz

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

With a cover sug­gest­ing that all eyes are on At­lanta rap­per Nay­va­dius Cash, his sec­ond al­bum comes with the right scaf­fold­ing in place for such a claim. Cash’s de­but, Pluto, sug­gested that he had skills, and there’s a starry collection of A-list names on hand here to give him a dig-put, in­clud­ing Kanye West, An­dré 3000, Phar­rell, Pusha T, Drake and Lit­tle Wayne. The prob­lem is that Hon­est is more solid than spec­tac­u­lar, with Cash try­ing to lever­age his raw voice, thuglife ca­chet and starry guest list into some­thing more than the sum of these parts. When he gets it right, he re­ally gets it right: Move That Dope and Karate Chop are per­fect ex­am­ples of streetlife hus­sle rhyme. But Cash ob­vi­ously feels he has to go with a dif­fer­ent flow, and the wa­tery bal­lads and weary cliched boasts don’t re­ally wash or work. All eyes may be on Cash, but all were prob­a­bly ex­pect­ing some­thing more ap­peal­ing. fu­ture­free bandz.com JIM CAR­ROLL

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