Fredro Starr and Audible Doctor - Made In The Streets (Review)

Fredro Starr and Audible Doctor - Made In The Streets

"Made In The Streets" is a collaborative album between Onyx's Fredro Starr and Brown Bag AllStars producer, Audible Doctor. The album features guest appearances from Makempay, Mike Raw, DJ Nelson and Philly Swain and is produced entirely by Audible Doctor himself. It was released on December 25, 2013 via Mad Money.

1) Everyday Hell - The album begins with the first song from the project to receive a video and the track is absolute fire. The instrumental is grimy as hell, with a somber piano loop, melancholy vocal sample and head nodding boom-bap drums. Thankfully Fredro Starr comes through and just bodies it, kicking some rhymes about the everyday trials and tribulations of growing up and living in the streets. The beat and vocals just mesh perfectly and give the track a "cold" feeling which makes it perfect winter-time music. This shit is fire and is easily one of my favorite tracks on the album. Hopefully the rest will be just as strong as this track.

2) That New York - This song has another darker instrumental, this time with some dreary synths and a foreboding vocal sample over more head nodding drums. The beat is banging and Fredro shows up and rips it, rapping about life in New York City and about "the code of the streets." While Fredro's delivery is much calmer than it was back in the 90's, Audible Doctor's instrumentals are giving me flashbacks of Onyx's classic "All We Got Iz Us" album, which is by far my favorite Onyx material. Very dope.

3) The Truth - The drums on this track are slightly harder than the others so far, with a hard-hitting snare layered over sorrowful strings and a distorted vocal loop that is blended under a prominent Drake sample during the chorus. Once again, the beat is real dope and Fredro comes correct over it, spitting some boastful darts about his mic skills, among other things. Another banger.

4) This Ain’t My Day - Audible Doctor comes through with an instrumental that utilizes the same sample as U-God's "Stomp Da Roach" off of his "Dopium" album, but flips it differently to give it it's own unique sound. At least I think that that is the same sample. Anyways, the beat is ill, with some some cinematic horns and strings over the gritty drums, and its tone keeps nicely with the downtrodden feel of the album so far. Lyrically Fredro does the same, rapping some depressing bars about a day in his life in which nothing he does goes right. Nice.

5) Holdin It Down (featuring MakemPay and DJ Nelson) - The beat on this track has some more blaring horns, soft keys and a subtle vocal loop while also incorporating some ill scratched up Big L lines during the chorus. MakemPay spits the first verse and comes correct before Fredro comes in and shuts it down, with both emcees kicking some violent street stories and showing good chemistry together on the mic while DJ Nelson's scratching holds down the chorus. Dope.

6) Polo Wars - Fredro Starr kicks some rhymes about stealing and sticking up people for their designer clothes over another head-nodding Audible Doctor instrumental centered around a soulful vocal loop, light guitars, the occassional synth and hand-claps for drums. This song is dope, but it's not really a standout track for me in the overall scope of the album. Still, not bad.

7) What U Goin Thru - Audible Doctor delivers an instrumental full of upbeat organs, some synths and rolling drums for Fredro to spit over. Once again, the beats got my head nodding like crazy and Fredro sounds great over it, kicking some braggadocios rhymes about staying on his grind and making his way out of the ghetto via hip-hop, among other things. Dope shit.

8) Racing (featuring Mike Raw) - This is probably the least depressing beat on the album so far as Audible Doctor crafts an instrumental consisting of some keyboards, pianos and backing vocals that give the beat a lighter feel. Fredro Starr comes through and kicks some love raps full of car and racing metaphors while Mike Raw provides the chorus. Not bad, but not one of my favorites.

9) Suicide Queens - Despite the title of the song, this track also has a somewhat lighter instrumental than some of the others. The beat has a slight West Coast vibe running through it while still maintaining that darker, New York sound. Lyrically Fredro keeps with the feel of the instrumental and raps about being in the streets of CA while still bringing that Queens, NY sound. Nice.

10) Ain’t No Other Kings (featuring DJ Nelson) - Fredro raps about being a "king in this rap thing" over a triumphant feeling instrumental with a prominent vocal sample looped up over marching band drums. The beat is absolute fire and Fredro bodies it while DJ Nelson provides some ill scratching during the chorus and outro of the song. This ones a banger.

11) Hit Man 4 Hire (featuring Philly Swain) - Audible Doctor delivers another head nodding instrumental consisting of a low-key vocal sample mixed with some organs and intermittent horns. The beat is nice and both Fredro and guest Philly Swain come correct over it, kicking some violent street rhymes about how hard they are. Dope.

12) Made In The Streets (Remix) - The final song on the album also happens to be one of my favorite tracks on here. The beat is just beautiful, with a reflective piano loop layered over boom-bap drums, and Fredro bodies it, rapping about being a product of his environment. I'm really feelin' this track and think its a great way to close out the album. Fire.

I'm going to rate the album

4.25 / 5

because its dope as hell. Audible Doctor really delivers with the instrumentals on here, with almost every beat sounding like it could have come straight out of hip-hops "golden era" while still managing to sound fresh at the same time. Mostly all of the beats have a real dark vibe to them and provide the perfect soundscape for something you would listen to on a dark, dreary winter day. Lyrically Fredro comes correct on every track as well, rapping about a variety of topics over the course of the project without straying too far from the street lyrics that he is known for. Since the album is only 12 tracks, the beats and rhymes never wear out their welcome and actually left me wanting more after the last track came on.


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