So, as some of you may know, Chiddy and Xaphoon Jones, better known together as Chiddy Bang, released their latest project Breakfast earlier today. I realized that I hadn’t written an album review in a while, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to do so. With that said, hit the jump for my track by track breakdown of Chiddy Bang’s “Breakfast” album…
Solid intro to the album that sort of reminded me of my days being a little kid? Not sure if that’s what they were going for, but that’s just what I got of it. The end of the intro transitions into the next track of the album, “Breakfast.”
The introduction to the album had me turn my speakers way up, so once the first beat hit of the title track, I knew this entire album was going to be a banger. Chiddy brings his usual heat that we’ve all come to know and love, and Xaphoon kills the production with that guitar riff and the hard hitting drums. Could definitely see this being a track that one would wake up to in the morning, considering the amount of energy that it has, sort of similar to…breakfast?
Handclaps & Guitars
Xaphoon once again brings in the guitar riff, which compliment the synths to give it that common production theme that you can hear throughout the rest of the album. These guys just love the catchy hooks, as well, which gets people going wild at their live shows.
Mind Your Manners (feat. Icona Pop)
Although this is a fairly old Chiddy Bang song that was released in the middle of this past summer, it is still one of my favorites on the album. It is definitely one of those tracks that will get stuck in your head for the rest of the day, because it has that anthem-sounding production on the hook. I definitely recommend adding this to your hip-hop weekend playlist, along with the song following this track.
The most recent single off of “Breakfast” is this one, and although the whole Ray Charles thing has been done before, they give it that Chiddy Bang flavor, which will get people dancing in an instant. With their music, that’s what it’s all about right? I definitely dig the breakdown of the soul vocals at the end of the track, which once you know the words, you’ll be singing along quite loudly. It is yet another hit off of the album that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Does She Love Me?
After all of the more upbeat tracks on the album, Chiddy brings it down a notch a little bit for “Does She Love Me?,” which is simply about Chiddy’s girl problems. As I’ve stated in past reviews, I’m usually opposed to rappers complaining about girls and whatnot, but for some reason this track doesn’t really bother me. This track is also a perfect example of Xaphoon’s signature production style. Overall, not too shabby of a track, although it’s definitely not my favorite on the album.
Run It Back (feat. Shirazi)
Although “Run It Back” isn’t necessarily one of the loudest tracks on the album, Chiddy goes absolutely in, lyrically, with each verse being split up by Shirazi’s vocals. That provides a nice bit of contrast from his harder hitting lyrics. The spacey outro to the track is a nice touch, as well, which leads perfectly into the next track, “Out 2 Space.”
Out 2 Space (feat. Gordon Voidwell)
“Out 2 Space” is a display of Chiddy’s feelings towards where he is currently in his career, which he seems to be very fond of, as he should be. It’s good to see artists that rightfully should succeed, do so. Although we have seen a lot more of that notion recently, this wasn’t the case in the past. It’s just good to see now, with artists like these guys that deserve the recognition that they are now receiving.
Whatever We Want
This track definitely has some of my favorite production from Xaphoon on the entire album. I’m not entirely sure what it is about the beat, but I dig it. This track also has that sense of them being happy with the success that they have been receiving, which is great. This is definitely a great track to end that segment of the album off with, which leads nicely into the interlude.
Talking to Myself
This is another track with some great production from Xaphoon, with this entire album being some of his best work. Chiddy’s girl problems don’t really do it for me, though, but definitely are appropriate for the type of production Xaphoon is providing him with. Another dope breakdown at the end, both vocally and instrumentally, definitely made this song a solid track in my books.
There is definitely potential in this track to be another single for Chiddy and Xaphoon. It’s definitely the first really upbeat track since towards the beginning of the album, and has a catchy hook to go along with it. This is another song to add to your weekend playlist and will definitely not disappoint. Solid track.
I find this track to be both awesome and absolutely hilarious. Baby roulette? Fantastic. This is a really great song to begin to close out the album with, and will definitely leave listeners in a good mood after the album comes to a close. Oh, and Xaphoon kills it, once again…
Rightfully named, “4th Quarter” closes out the album with a bang (no pun intended) with Chiddy showing his lyrical strength, starting out with the first lines of the first verse and going hard until the end. Xaphoon’s production also seems to be on some Ratatat ish on this one. Dope closer to the album.
It’s been a long time coming for these guys to release this project, but it was definitely worth the wait. Personally, I don’t see any flaws in the entire album, as a whole. Chiddy and Xaphoon have a very diverse sound that can appeal to a strong majority of the music fans of our generation. I am confident that this album will allow them to rise in the hip-hop game and eventually become a household name, as they should be. This album has enough material to get them there.
As I’ve stated in reviews before, I’d love to hear some feedback from you guys, as well. Whether it is that you agree or disagree with my opinions, I love discussing hip-hop and music as a whole. Feel free to leave a comment or hit me up on Twitter below. Hope you enjoyed reading!