Ever since re-branding himself, Andy Mineo is solidifying himself in the rap game as one of the best. With 2013's stellar Heroes For Sale and 2014's crave-filling Never Land, fans of hip hop are stoked to hear what one of CHH's uniquely flavored rappers is going to bring this time in Uncomfortable.
First up is the album's title track with a purpose of making listeners squirm in their seats while speaking on some of the harder pills to swallow in this world. That same theme will occur more than a few times throughout "Uncomfortable" as it fills listeners' heads with hot beats and solid rapping from Andy. The next two tracks, "Uptown" and "Now I Know," are good listens that carry a nice old-school hip hop flavor. "Desperados," featuring Mali Music, comes next and is simply banging; this is one of those tracks that I can imagine blasting in house parties for a long time to come. Up next is "Hear My Heart," a song Andy wrote to his deaf sister, Grace. It's a heartfelt track where he raps, "I'm sorry I never learned to sign and even though you were born deaf, I pray you forgive me for the years I was blind." It's one of those tracks that gives you goosebumps and exemplifies those times that we can fully appreciate the openness and raw honesty of such musicians.
Later on, Andy speaks on the depths (or lack thereof) of relationships in "Ghost," while "Vendetta" not only infuses a jazz club production, but on this one, he spits hard to each us needing to be the change in this world if we really want it to. He spits, "I gotta answer to God, for all of these sneaks. I got a hundred pairs, but only two feet" and "the real problem in America is, and always will be me," speaking on behalf of many of us. Tracks like "Rat Race" and "Know That's Right" are solid, and the album's conclusion, "Make Me A Believer" (featuring Mac Powell from Third Day), delivers a unique and triumphant ending that I can't help but enjoy thoroughly.
Overall, Uncomfortable is a good release and Mineo hits home on some serious thoughts for rap fans to consider. He may have set the bar so high in the past that this may feel like a small letdown, but it's honestly good stuff. Not every track is perfect, and I definitely miss having some of Andy's Reach labelmates on this project, but this is definitely worth picking up and playing for a while to come.
- Review date: 9/18/15, written by Kevin Hoskins of Jesusfreakhideout.com