Will Francis aka Dolla Bill is a hip-hop artist who recently released Goin' Wit Da Flow. He plays into familiar styles of rap that has been around for decades. On that note the topics also cover common topics you have heard in rap if you have been listening to even the most popular rap artists.
The album opens up with “Busta U - Turn” which is darker kind of gangsta track. It had its moments and has a solid hook. Next up is “On The Cheap.” “On The Cheap” utilizes a variation of the beat used in “The Real Slim Shady” which seems to be some kind of homage to Eminem.
“Old Schoolin’” definitely had a ’90s flavor as well. The beat reminded me of something you would hear on The Chronic. As the album progresses there were a number of songs which felt like highlights such as the title track, “Wish You Were Here” and “Get It Back” which sounded like straight ’80s rap and R&B.
The production is decent but the vocals needed a combination of being recorded differently and more compression in post. His vocals sounded thin and distant compared to commercial rap albums which did give this album a bedroom DIY type feel. There is also a good amount of variation between how the vocals were recorded between songs. I have no idea who produced this album but I think Francis should consider teaming up with a veteran who knows about engineering and has the proper gear to take his songs to the next level.
Francis’ songs definitely have an old school flavor and don’t have much in common with contemporary rap artists like Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels and Chance the Rapper. Suffice it to say if you are yearning for a more retro style this is an artist you should check out.
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