Oba Rowland “Found One” album review

 

Oba Rowland

Found One

By: @DJ_Kobe

3.20.15

Last week I had the privilege to attend the listening session for Detroit native Oba Rowland’s

Oba Rowland's new album "Found One."

Oba Rowland’s new album “Found One.”

newest album, “Found One.”

“Would You” is a nice introduction to the project. Oba’s calm tone over the True Music laced track gives you the feeling of having an honest conversation with a person leaving their old life behind for a more fulfilling one.

“Nobody” follows the same basic vibe. It’s one of those smooth songs you can just drive around to. While the hook is reminiscent of a Dej Loaf anthem, Oba delivers it with his signature style.

“YNCU” is a hidden track attached to the end of “around”. The RJ Lamont-produced track had DETROIT written all over it and is easily one of those club bangers you find yourself singing without even noticing.

“Around” is a song that makes me wonder if Oba Rowland is a rap superstar or an R&B sex symbol. While delivering impressive vocals on the hook, Oba doesn’t slack off on the verses with quotable lyrics like, “N***** waking up with envy like Charlemagne cuz we the ones in the city with all the bank.” He lets you know there’s an MC still in there somewhere.

DJ Kobe with Oba Rowland at the "Found One" listening session.

DJ Kobe with Oba Rowland at the “Found One” listening session.

 

 

 

“Found  One” ft. Dej Loaf has a beat that’s crazy. It’s soft enough to sing but hard enough to bump. Strip club official.

“Was you Down” ft Say It Ain’t Tone is my favorite song from the project. This is one of those songs that reassures the audience that it’s not all lifestyle and YNCU. The song is relatable to anyone who’s ever worked hard to make it to the next level in life and had to question who was really down through the struggle. “How you been? I Ben Franklin.”

“Mean” is delivered with that signature Oba melody dancing between hi-hat trills. This is the song you put on while you make that late night drive over to a special someone’s house. It’s smooth and bass heavy.

“This Far” serves as the closer for the project Oba plays with several different flows on this one, showing once again he’s no one trick pony. Oba explores all the variables of this “lifestyle”, going from being a regular joe to having money/girls/cars while still staying the same person.

To me, “Found One” is a well rounded project from an artist coming into their own. From top to bottom the album has an Oba NextDoor feeling in a good way. Definitely looking forward to Oba Rowland emerging as Detroit’s next superstar.

 

 

Silverstein Live at The Crofoot

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Silverstein

The Crofoot

Pontiac, MI

1/21/15

Story and Photos: Jade Brayton (@jade_bra)

Silverstein performed at The Crofoot for the 10 year anniversary tour of their album, Discovering the Waterfront. They were joined by four other bands: Beartooth, Hands Like Houses, Major League and My Iron Lung.

The lead vocalist of Major League, Brian Joyce, summed the tour up perfectly by saying, “Every one of these bands on this tour has a different sound to them and that’s what makes this tour so incredible.”

My Iron Lung and Major League are both new and upcoming bands, with a similar sound of a modern punk-rock. Hands Like Houses is an Australian post-hardcore band with an almost electronic sound to them, thanks to the keyboard. Vocalist Trenton Woodley can SANG.

Then there’s Beartooth, a hardcore band who can be a little overwhelming if you aren’t used to the hardcore scene. But overall, they put on a sick performance that anyone could appreciate. Just stay out of the pit.

When Silverstein’s backdrop was revealed, the crowd went crazy. And when the band arrived onstage, they went even crazier. In fact, this is not only the 10-year anniversary of one of the greatest Silverstein albums, but also their 15th year of being a band; a major feat for a band of this genre.

Silverstein began by playing some songs old and new, and even debuted a song called IMG_9663“Midwestern State of Emergency.” The song was written about Michigan vocalist Shane Told said, who also claimed that Michigan has always been one of his favorite places to perform. The band then epically unveiled another backdrop, which happened to be the cover for Discovering the Waterfront. They played their 11-song soundtrack in order, and every song sounded just like the ones fans have been listening to ten years. The best and craziest cuts were the fan favorites; “Smile In Your Sleep,” “My Heroine,” and an acoustic version of “Call It Karma.”

It was incredible how phenomenal Silverstein still is, after being around for 15 years. They sounded just as impressive as they do on record. Seeing the pure happiness on their faces performing a sold out show indicated how much their fans mean to them, but the fans were equally as pleased.