[Words By | K1ng Eljay]
- “Project Steps”
- “Broadcast Live”
- “Check, Run It”
With all of the great (and, not-so-great, if you have low standards) music that’s being released lately, it’s very easy to overlook certain tracks, or at least table them and forget about it in all of the madness. It would be a shame if one of those projects you overlooked was T.I.’s surprise EP, Da’ Nic. Basing the title off the street vernacular (and abbreviation) for the word “nickel”, Tip’s as focused as we’ve seen him, mixing a bit of his old-school ways with his newfound methods of song-writing to create some legitimate, consistent moments that show promise towards his upcoming album.
Being only five tracks, it’s promising to see Tip back in his bag in most of the songs. “Broadcast Live” is a manual of sorts on how to get it, and has a thematic feel to it, while “Ain’t Gonna See It Coming” is more of a one-shot freeverse that has Tip flipping flows every so often just for the sake of doing it. “Check, Run It” and “Project Steps” serve as warning shots, so to speak, but on different topics. That aggression is the constant with the entire project, and it comes out in a controlled sense; he doesn’t quite ever fly off the handle like on King’s “I’m Talkin’ To You”, but instead channels it from a different perspective that gives his music the O.G. feel that – again – shows promise. The only “if” here is “Peanut Butter Jelly”, which features Young Thug and Young Dro, but seems more like a Thugger song than anything.
Granted, if you like Thugger, then there’s probably no complaints here.
In recap, this one was easy to miss, but only because there wasn’t any true promotion behind it. It’s something for his fans, and can easily woo some people that thought he fell off with his last album (which, admittedly, was not good) back into the fold. Tip’s been consistent, and he still enjoys making music… That much is obvious. If this’ll translate directly into his album is to be determined, but for now enjoy Da’ Nic, and come back for the full course meal whenever he gets his distribution situation straight.
The Quick Recap
- + Tip’s focused as we’ve seen in a while, and Da’ Nic possibly serves as a sample of what’s to come.
- + “Broadcast Live” and “Project Steps” are anthemic in nature, but seem bathed in that street narrative that sounds so natural for T.I.
- – “Peanut Butter Jelly” is an interesting song, but even London On The Track couldn’t quite bring me over to like this one.
The REDEFINED Rating
4 out of 5