Second Rounds on Me is Obie Trice's second album - released three years after his stunning debut Cheers, and shortly after Obie nearly lost his life when he took a bullet to the head whilst driving. An incident that he refers to a few times in the album.
I was originally worried upon seeing the first track was a skit - something that was thankfully missing from his first album. But aside from this opening 37 seconds, Obie keeps the album skit free, allowing his lyrics to do the work.
Some tracks on the album can stand up to those on Cheers, however some are a bit sample heavy (such as Kill Me a Mother) and come across like they miss the finesse of Dr Dre on the mixing desk. The guests on this album are not of the quality of Cheers either, with some from Obies Trife Life crew. Em, Nate, Akon and 50 the only big names. I am not a big 50 fan but he did a great job on O's first album, yet here is restricted to just singing a chorus. Akon, who I positively dislike, puts in a decent effort on Snitch, which was the catchy first single from the album.
The album is a bit lighter in terms of dark beats than Cheers, there are not quite so many songs with a Gangsta beat to keep those preferring their thug music happy. But there are more lively numbers meaning some of this album could be played at a party and not clear the dance floor. However lyrically O still shines, he is witty, charismatic and can still take his unique perspective on things, although he does seem to slide towards the Burners, Bling and Bitches which has been overrunning a lot of hip hop recently.
Still, there are some great tracks. For me, it's a shame that the moody atmospheric Wake Up didn't set the tone for the rest of the album. Cry Now gives a great insight into O's state of mind. There they go features old school Detroit MC Big Herk and Eminem - it doesn't match up to We All Die Some Day, but Em's verse is solid. Obie Story which finishes the album is short biopic of Obies life, it nicely cuts from light to dark as he goes through a range of experiences.
Overall, this is not up to the standards of Cheers, but that was an exceptional album. If you like O, you will find enough tracks to justify the price of the album, but if you are just getting into O, go for Cheers.
Obie Trice returns with his second album after the success and acclaim that Cheers receive. I was very impressed with his debut album and eagerly listened to this second album.
Like the first album there are 17 actual songs on this cd and this is once again a welcome addition and if nothing else ensures that the album is actually packed with music and not annoying skits.
Wake Up sees the beginning of the album, over a soft piano beat has a contemplative Obie Trice think about the loss of loved ones, of friends to the senseless violence. The verses are well constructed and the production ensures that his vocals take centre stage.
Lay Down - This is a different approach from Obie Trice over a sped up beat layered with a violin Obie Trice displays a faster delivery which adds a sense of urgency to the rhymes.
Snitch - Over a bright beat and enlistening the singing talents of Akon (if you think he has talent) is a song which addresses those that becomes snitches, a definite no no. The beat has plenty of energy and between that and the singing has a crossover appeal.
Obie Story - Obie addresses how he went from a pupil who excelled at school but through peer influence and the separation of his parents he went off the road. What I really like about this song is how the beat switches from the light when the lyrics are bright, to going dark when the road becomes more serious
Efforts like Jamaican Girl though attempt to inject a reggae feel fall flat on their face, feeling very contrived and cynical. 24's sounds out of place with Obie Trice, ignorant and lacking. Elsewhere There They Go lacks in excitement, the hook is dull and the beat is not much better.
Overall there have definitely been improvements in Obie varying his delivery which adds another dimension to the songs. The off beat issue is still in evidence though the swinging beat of Ghetto seems far too much for Obie Trice to keep on beat to. Lyrically the rhymes aren't quite as sharp as the debut and what is very evident is that the production has fallen down a few notches.
Overall this is fairly decent but is certainly not an improvement over the debut and I am quite disappointed as my expectations were high for another excellent album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Wake Up
4 Wanna Know
5 Lay Down
6 Snitch - Obie Trice, Akon
7 Cry Now
8 Ballad Of Obie Trice
9 Jamaican Girl - Obie Trice, Brick & Lace
10 Kill Me A Mutha
11 Out Of State
12 All Of My Life
14 There They Go
17 Everywhere I Go
18 Obie Story