Andy Mineo has become one of the most elite rappers in the game. His flow pattern is off the charts and his songs come in a sleek production package. Overall, I’ve been impressed by his previous work: His debut mixtape Formerly Known, his debut album Heroes For Sale, and his EP Never Land, as well as his two singles: Lay Up and Candy Rain. I’ve been most impressed by his sophomore album, Uncomfortable. Here is my track by track analysis of Reach Records’ most prolific rapper.

1. Uncomfortable

The album starts off with a dramatic heart-to-heart, calling out America and the church on actions that have happened since his previous album. The song calls for its audience to get uncomfortable again. The song is very well produced and sounds very unique. Andy’s vocals are spot-on as well. The song excellently sets the tone for the rest of the album.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

2. Uptown

The album defuses any tension from the first track by bringing in a slower rap pushing a more toned down version of the same message. Andy paints a realistic picture of uptown New York City and what it’s like. The production features a nice blend of horns and piano, giving off a Chicago vibe. The production is very good and very sleek.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

3. Now I Know

Things pick up as Andy tells the story of his childhood and how everything he believed in his life was a lie. The song is silly and fun and serves as a warmer welcome to new timers. The production is stylistically choppy and electronic, sounding very much like an 8-bit arcade game. The vocals are stellar and Andy rides the beat just as well as he did in the last two tracks.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

4. Desperados (ft. Mali Music)

This song is the first of several bangers on the album. Produced with a hint of Western vibe and a menacing undertow, Desperados delivers one jam of a joint. Andy rides this beat harder than anything else on the album. Mali Music’s vocals are on point and the production choice to add gun shots was genius. The song just may be in contention for the best song of the album.

Track rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

5. Hear My Heart

This beautiful song has not just a great beat and smooth production, but a sweet message. This song is an open letter of love and a request for forgiveness from his sister Grace, who was born deaf. Andy’s vocals are slick and smooth, almost crooning to the chill beat. The heartfelt song is very well made and easy on the ears.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

6. David’s Roof

The instrumental intermission, produced by !llmind, features entrancing Mexican vocals in its smooth 1:10 playtime. The name is derived from the Bible story of King David and his lust after Bathsheba, whom he watched bathe on her roof (as accustomed) and married her after he murdered her wife. It serves its purpose well, but it’s not a track you will seek out to listen to.

Track Rating: 7/10

Grade: A-

7. Rat Race (ft. Jon Bellion)

For those who are hot on Jon Bellion’s hip hop vocals, especially after his last album, you will find this track a treat. The song talks about the struggles of fame and how he refuses to play the “rap game” and be boxed in and labeled. Jon’s vocals take the cake in what is sure to be a rap music anthem. Andy eases up a bit in his cadence, but he rides this beat just as well as his other tracks, if not better.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A

8. Know That’s Right

This song is another banger. The hook is chill, but the verses are lit. The production on this one will have everyone listening bouncing. Andy kills this joint, both vocally and when rapping. The song talks about his simple life and how he loves it, while he offers constructive criticism to friends.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

9. Vendetta

This song features the slickest production, with a very smooth Chicago feel. The song calls out government and compares artistry to industry and government. To quote his hook, “Pac did a lot more for me than Barack”. The song is ridden the best by Andy Mineo and features a beautiful blend of horns, piano, and drums. This song takes the cake as the most elite banger on the album.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

10. Ghost

Things slow down now and get sentimental. With an acoustic/electric guitar blend on the hook, it’s the piano and trap set that make the verses mix with the hook like a symphony. The song talks about how best friends grow apart and serves as an open letter to his friend. Andy’s vocals on this song match any singer/rapper in the game and raises. He rides this beat fantastically and the lyricism in the track help establish why Andy is elite.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

11. Love

This song sounds like it came straight off the streets of downtown Chicago. The smooth, R&B production is like silk to ears. Andy’s lyrics aren’t bad either. The song serves as both an explanatory letter to the fans as to why he didn’t drop an album in 2014 and a love letter to his newlywed wife. He also talks about what love really is and how a relationship is built. Like he says in his hook, “What we got if we don’t got love”.

Track Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

12. Strange Motions (ft. Willow Stephens)

The album slows down now and sounds like it a Weeknd song. Andy’s vocals are smokey and a little muted as a production choice that works well. This jazz song is the second of three rap free tracks on the album. This one is a duet between him and Willow. The two voices blend well together in this quick intermission duet. There wasn’t much to judge.

Track Rating: 8/10

Grade: A-

13. Make Me A Believer (ft. Mac Powell)

This song has modern day mainstream rap production with the Mineo twist. Andy’s verse vocals are excellent blend seamlessly with the emotional and thick Southern hook by Mac Powell, the lead singer of CCM band Third Day. The song has excellent production and has great vocals from both Mac and Andy. Another rapless song that benefits without it. It’s an excellent hip-hop track to close the album out strong and with a big finish.

Track Rating: 9/10

Grade: A+

 

Conclusion:

Andy Mineo is an elite rapper with an incredible skill of flow and a gift of lyricism. His vocal to rapper ratio is incredible and he pulls of being a singer and rapper, most of the time in the same song. The production, by !llmind, is fantastic. The instrumental tracks alone are masterpieces to listen to. This album benefits from having both a talented rapper and songwriter and master producer coupled together with a passion for the craft. This album is an underrated masterpiece.

Album Rating: 10/10

Grade: A+

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