Can the congregation scream in delight? French Montana has finally cashed in on his potential. After years of gutting out tight features here and a few prime cuts there, Montana has failed to maintain creative momentum over the course of an entire project.
The Bad Boy Records artist has misfired on previous albums and mixtapes for two reasons. Montana either picked so-so beats or wrapped too much filler material around his strongest songs.
Maintaining a career is all about progression and that is evident on Jungle Rules. One does not have to aspire to social heights a’la Jay-Z to craft next-level hip-hop nor does one have to master rapid-fire linguistics.
On the blunt “Hotel Room” Montana uses gruff voice inflection to paint a picture of hedonistic debauchery.
It’s the type of movement that would semi-derailed French in the past as at times his delivery and cadence were a bit thin.
In 2017, “Hotel Room” musically and verbally is a sledgehammer of an anthem for long nights and wicked adventures.
The highlight “Bring Dem Things” drags out Pharrell Williams’ Skateboard P persona and runs the track with bravado and reverence.
When Montana gets loose over a breakbeat talking about being a “boy from Morocco,” he’s paying tribute to the old-school without being corny.
“Whiskey Eyes” features the LP’s marquee sample and it’s only fitting that it gets the record started.
Jungle Eyes is not perfect but it’s a damn good collection of songs from a rapper that is enunciating his flow without getting to heavy.
Rating: 3.75 /5
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