Blunts & Blondes Gives Fans a Taste of Rap in First-Ever Album, Just in Time for 420
With the release of the title track “Story of a Stoner” back in March, Blunts & Blondes foreshadowed what his first-ever album would sound like. Now, the album is out in its entirety.
Drawing on the hip-hop influence, Blunts & Blondes spreads it like jelly across the entirety of the album “Story of a Stoner.” Steering away from his normal heavy-hitting dubstep with strong builds-ups and monstrous drops, the lyrics and instrumentals are not like anything Blunts & Blondes has released previously.
“I always have had a love for hip-hop and rap music. It’s what I listen to every day. I also wanted to express myself a lot through the album and I think it was more effective to use lyrics.”—Blunts & Blondes
Treating the album as if he was telling his story, he draws on his passions in a lyrical form, using rap lyrics as a way to meld the album together. Living in Jacksonville for part of his life and currently residing in Tampa FL, Blunts & Blondes produced a lot of songs in the album with a Southern underground rap influence.
With several features from talented rappers and singers, such as Cotis and Lucii, this one-of-a-kind album is different from what you’d expect from the artist. Even featuring rapping from Blunts & Blondes himself, the difference between these releases and those previously dropped is beautiful and the variety of this album shows how amazing and talented this artist is.
Don’t jump the gun too quickly and think this is just a rap album, however. The rap/hip-hop influence is just the beginning. There is also that classic Blunts & Blondes heavy sound he is famous for, as well as melodic piano, brass trumpet, and reggae.
The album is thirteen songs long, with about seven of the thirteen songs being more hip-hop/lyrical than the others. “430 (ft. Cotis),” “The Story of a Stoner,” “A Million Pieces,” “Pushin P’s,” “6 Figures,” “Cowboy Mike,” “Close to Me,” and “Marley” are all heavy-lyrical songs. “Story of a Stoner” and “Cowboy Mike” are the most auto-biographical of the album, and each track includes rap verses from Blunts & Blondes himself.
“Cowboy Mike” is for sure all about Blunts & Blondes, perhaps a rendition of his alter ego that loves rap with filthy bass. Lyrics are something Blunts said would be essential to the effectiveness of self-expression in this album, and they’re spot on in aiding the instrumentals with flow and character.
As previously stated, this is not just a rap/hip-hop album. Blunts & Blondes was sure to throw in some classic dubstep heaters that will for sure get his fans riled up. Right after “Cowboy Mike” on the album, “Overcome,” is a classic and grungy track, which is just genius to drop a classic sounding banger directly after his alter-ego type Cowboy Mike makes an appearance on the album. This song is what every Blunts & Blondes fan expects of him and more, which is greatness in what he does. This aspect of the album is definitely something that makes it so special; fans are getting a new style that shows how talented and versatile Blunts & Blondes is as well as tastes of that classic signature sound.
“When I Think of You” is another single that was released previously, and with none other than Zeds Dead. Having singles with Zeds Dead is a pivotal point for any underground artist coming up in their career, so adding this song was a special moment in Blunts & Blondes’ career and gives the album an over-arching autobiographical aspect.
The chill vibe comes back with “Close to Me,” “Marley,” and “Life is Good,” which closes the album out. Switching to more of an island reggae vibe, the last few songs are relaxed and chill, with romantic lyrics, melodic piano, and soulful horns.
The thirteen songs go from an emo or Kid Cudi-style rap, to a classic hard and heavy sound, to a chiller vibe. On paper, it almost seems chaotic, but the songs are perfectly organized and flow together flawlessly. Fans of Blunts & Blondes now have an opportunity to see a new side to the artist and we can expect more to come from him in the future.