Words by Cheats
Hard work and dedication may be the tag line for the undisputed champion of the world Floyd Mayweather but it actually fits well for the champion of Charged Up Ent. Noah-O. Noah’s hard work and dedication has paid off with his latest album, “Monument Avenue.” Noah linked up with beat-maker Taylor Whitelow to produced what I believe is the best RVA hip hop album (to date) of 2014 and one of the most complete projects from an RVA artist in the last 5 years.
Monument Avenue has it all. The record shows every side of Noah-O’s personality through his story-telling. It shows his range of rhyme flow and ability to create different types of sounds. The one word I would use to describe Monument Avenue is: holistic; it hits you from every angle. That’s not only a credit to Noah but a credit to Taylor for taking Noah to new places with his production.
My favorite track on the album is “Righteous Kill.” It was my favorite track when I first heard it last year in a private listening session and it’s my favorite now. It’s the most spiritual track on the album. And Noah murders the flow. I have to shout out Yung Yankee on the board. Yankee’s work ups the level of this track from very good to great. Righteous Kill could be played in the underground club or in cathedral with a gospel choir. It is a must listen.
Righteous Kill – Noah-O X Taylor Whitelow
Another must listen is on Monument Avenue is “Toast 2 Success” featuring Radio B. Radio B is coming off a monster record himself (Whole Foods) so it’s only fitting that his feature is one of the best on Monument Ave. In “Toast 2 Success” Noah spits one of his realist lines to all those brothers who think they are ballin, “I’m on another wave/and you ain’t really rich unless your brothers paid/You ain’t doing right unless your kids fly/still around the way but thinking big time.”Then radio hits us with that UGK – Rudy Gay line…it’s a sick record.
Toast 2 Success – Noah-O X Taylor Whitelow ft. Radio B
But Noah’s not even close to being done — “R.I.CH” ft. Nickelus F and Red Rum is the street anthem that every Richmond artist wishes they had made or been featured on. The beat is perfect of all 3 MCs to go in. Everyone has classic lines on this track but I have to call out the Nick F line about his brothers not hearing his music – because he don’t press up CDs and they don’t have computers….Southside. That’s a classic line on a classic track.
And speaking of classic lines: “I never listen to opinions they were inconsistent/I made it on TV but couldn’t get no spins in Richmond.” One of the most powerful lines on the album from one of its most powerful songs, “Destiny” featuring Sam Reed. Noah gets real introspective on this one. A window into his life.
Destiny – Noah-O X Taylor Whitelow ft. Sam Reed
I could go on but I’m going to stop now just to give the Cheats Movement album rating. I rate this album the highest Cheats Movement rating ever 4.8 out of 5. Hard work and dedication pays off. It’s a classic album that every RVA hip hop fan should have. Monument Avenue is a triumph for RVA Music – not just hip hop. #WESEEIT