9-Ball, Heart and Havoc Style

The.Break…

“It’s a little complicated when invaded by hallucinogenics; insomnia and a graveyard shift turned a brother to a wild man,” breaks open “Heart and Havoc.” Dubby tells a deeply rooted story about a very close friend he refers to as “brother,” and titles the album’s first song with the same name.  From the opening line you can expect the song to be intense, and Dubby doesn’t disappoint.  In fact, “Brother” sets the precedence for the remaining eight songs, with the ball never being dropped. I’ve never heard a song rapped to the point that it provokes tears.

 

The.Pockets…

So what makes a great song? The beat? Hook? Lyrics? Flow? How about a combination of all four? This four part structure is the foundation of “Heart and Havoc.” Dubby took each of these parts to compose a beautiful piece of art. Every beat rides with a special rhythm. Every hook is catchy enough for you to remember even if you only hear it once. The lyrics convey many different messages; describing to us exactly how Dubby thinks and feels about the things taking place in his life. And the flow? Too fluid. Dubby makes music he would also want to hear, and wanted this album to hit all the pockets right for his audience. His ultimate goal for the fans was for them to sonically enjoy every sound he delivered. “Heart and Havoc” definitely did that and more.

 

The.Rack…

Beyoncé has been my favorite artist long before I ever listened to any music Dubby put out. But I have NEVER played a Beyoncé album as many times in a row as I’ve played “Heart and Havoc.” Every time I listen to one of the tracks, I hear something new I appreciate. The layering is stacked in ways that make you feel like you are in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory of music. “Heart and Havoc” is liberal arts at its finest. If you haven’t heard it yet, some of the tracks are featured on my Songs of the Day playlist. I think you’d be better off just ordering a copy for yourself. Dubby hit the 9-Ball on this one. He wins.