Andy Mineo is back with his latest album Uncomfortable. Released nearly two years after his last full-length Heroes For Sale, Uncomfortable finds Mineo more polished and mature musically as well as lyrically. If you’re looking for the next hip hop album to bump in your car, you may not find it here, but if you’re looking for a truly inspired hip hop album, then prepare to get Uncomfortable.
“They say, ‘Hold Up Andy, this ain’t music for your car, if they jumping ship now they was never on board.'”
Overall, abandoning common “hip hop anthem” song structure for a more fluid, sample-based vibe, Mineo’s goal is that Uncomfortable would be a “cohesive body of work.” Mission Accomplished, Andy. Though I will admit – I miss those anthems and the tracks that tease them, such as “Uncomfortable” and “Desperados.” They were initially may favorite tracks. What? I’m not perfect, I needed to be re-trained. The more I listened to each track’s lyrics, beats and subtle synth-esque harmonies, the more these tracks were quickly overshadowed.
“My other albums have sounded like playlists. This is more of a focused full-body of music.”
Producer !llmind shines through, seamlessly blending old-school, New York style with new hip hop trends like J. Cole and Drake. Once I got used to this “New School Vintage” vibe, this album quickly became one of favorites, at times reminding me of my favorite hip hop crew The Tunnel Rats. I do recognize, however, that this jump into the experimental may not be right for some. Sometimes, you just want a solid beat, nice rhyme and catchy hook. Though Uncomfortable has a lot of those, the album is so much more. In many cases, songs completely evolve and change throughout, leaving the casual listeners to wonder if they’ve wandered onto a new track. This could be seen as a strength or a weakness.
Uncomfortable is not for casual listeners to enjoy in the background. For me, it wasn’t until the 5th or 6th listen through that I began to pick up on the lyrical gems and flawless musical transitions this album has to offer. Unfortunately, that may be too much probing for some. But, if you stick with it and give Uncomfortable a chance, you’ll find lyrical depth, style and sincerity, easily blending the truth of the Gospel with daily living in fresh new ways. But, some may wish Mineo sacrificed depth for rhyme less often.
“If you want to live a comfortable life make sure you never love nobody, be selfish and never sacrifice.”
Upon its release, Uncomfortable landed at number 10 on October’s Billboard 200, as well as No. 1 among Top Christian Albums. It may or may not stay at the top the charts, but I can say it is, without a doubt, an album with staying power. Unlike many albums whose beats are timestamped by style, much like my bowl cut from the 90s, Uncomfortable brings a timelessness that will endure. Well done Andy, I tip my metaphorical hat to you.
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