The Stroll is C-Red's third release as a solo hip-hop artist. It was inspired by her love for jazz and hip-hop, and serves to bridge both worlds. In the 1920s and 1930s, The Stroll was a section of State Street in Chicago, Illinois, where black musicians and the community would gather to escape the every day struggles of life, including racism and classism. C-Red aims to take you on The Stroll, exploring different phases of her life, while paying homage to both genres.
When you finish "The Stroll", you can tell C-Red took her goals for this album seriously and nailed it. She had an idea, and it came to life - brilliantly.
From the title track on, the raps are impressive, the beats make sense, and the vibe is just cool. Speaking of beats, one of my favorite tracks is "Keep Pushin' (feat. great flavor from Phresh)", produced by the multi-talented Trilltrax. But a lot of the incredible jazz flips and sound bites are courtesy of C-Red, herself. Choice cuts.
Lyrically, the emcee went deeper than ever before. She shares glimpses into her childhood, and talks about her devoted faith. One of the most personal moments happens with "Victory", a poignant dedication to her brother. That's a must-listen.
"Legends" pays homage to some of her favorites of Hip-Hop. And oh yeah... it features Rampage (Flipmode Squad)!
All of the features and special guests hold down their own. There's great energy and life across the span of 19 songs. Some of my other stand-outs include "John C.", "For The Love", and "Let's Go", Even the Outro is good.
Time for you to take "The Stroll". Bring a friend - they're going to enjoy it, too.
Here's the link to the album on BandCamp.