The Hangover is the fourth studio album from Obie Trice, there are a few things and a few things the album is not. Overall, it is a solid album with more individual stand-outs than a start-to-finish experience.
The Hangover follows OT’s penchant for weaving a consistent theme throughout the LP.
The album’s first track “Intro” sounds like every hangover ever experienced that you never want to relieve. Luckily, that doesn’t last too long, and the tone of the album really gets set with “Chuuuurch.”
Authenticity is key as Obie has no intention on conforming to the pop/hip-hop fusion that is dominating the airwaves.
His flow is still his flow, and his lyrical content is still unaffected.
He takes us on a journey and tells us stories with his unique delivery.
While staying true to himself, he finds a way to stay relevant. With “Bruh Bruh” Obie is guaranteed to find common ground with the millennials.
The Hangover is intricately musical. Without being a “singing rapper,” Obie has incorporated strong melodies into the album with songs like “So High” and “So Long.” These songs paint a vivid picture and connect the audience to the story emotionally, as Obie lyrically leads the way.
The production of the album rides the hip-hop timeline wave—from natural drums and OG instruments to hard-knocking bass and melodic synths. The classic drum kit paired with the Hammond B-3 style organ provides that classic hip-hop sound with a nod to Detroit.
What we don’t get from The Hangover is an album full of radio and club hits, but as previously mentioned there are some standouts that could fit that mold.
The single “Good Girls” is the feel-good single that OT has spent his career looking for. The verses are authentic Obie Trice but paired with a catchy hook.
By combining authenticity with relevance “Good Girls” pulled in front as a personal favorite.
The album is not a one man show. With just as many features as solo tracks, instead of feeling crowded, it works—even with notable features such as Estelle, Young Buck, and Gwenation. Each feature adds to the track without overshadowing Obie Trice.
Even on “P8tience” featuring P8tience, you’re much less distracted by the features and more drawn in by the captivating beat and the gritty cypher-style verses that the rappers deliver.
We get versatility, diversity, authenticity, and even one for the club. Without isolating the new listener, in a world where most of hip-hop has become pop, Obie Trice reminds us of what we used to hear more of with The Hangover.