Big Vik Presents: Intro
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||Whatever You Do (feat. DJ Impereal)||Big Vik||4:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Oooh, Let It Ride (feat. Melinda Mckinnon)||Big Vik||4:43||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Smashed Out (feat. Do Dirty)||Big Vik||4:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||(Interlude) Killer Bee's Debut||Big Vik||0:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dynomite (The Re-birth of Killer Bee)||Big Vik||3:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's So for Real||Big Vik||4:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Never||Big Vik||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Some People (feat. Melody Ferris, Do Dirty and Elita)||Big Vik||4:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Closer, Closer (feat FIA and Melody Ferris)||Big Vik||4:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's Only Love (feat. Betty Fu)||Big Vik||4:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's All About Us (feat. Brent Victory)||Big Vik||3:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's All Over Now (feat. Brent Victory)||Big Vik||3:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||One Love (feat. Brent Victory)||Big Vik||4:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Interesting Choice For Debut - But Very Well Done
This is a really interesting project. He bills himself as extremely versatile but the CD mostly stays within an R&B/Hip Hop vibe except towards the end where he adds a few tunes with more of a pop/crossover tinge. Clearly this guy has a good ear for music and does pretty well switching styles. I think Vik's (or Brent's? more on that later) strength may also be his weakness. Since I've actually seen the credits on his website before I downloaded all the songs I can see he really seems to do almost everything himself. Although it takes a great deal of talent to put together an album like this being just a one-man show, it started to feel like maybe throwing in another musician to add a more lively flavor here and there might have helped. There were just a few points where I felt like it was all synthesized and, no matter how good that sounded, I just wanted to feel a little more of an organic vibe. Vocally though, he and most of his guests artists were really strong. Melinda McKinnon really kicks off the album well with 'Whatever You Do' which is, ironically, one of the few tracks "Vik" doesn't appear on vocally. Vik's rap skills are more than adequate for the type of raps he does and he is lyrically creative and vocally sound. Still, nothing fancy or unique about his rap delivery. Very straightforward with a bit of an old school sensibility a la L L Cool J. As with most producers/performers he really knows how to make sure his music and vocals complement each other. That's never more evident than on 'Dyno-mite' which is a really bright rap track with nice backgrounds from McKinnon. Again, I've seen the credits and Vik seems smart enough to know a good thing when he's found it because McKinnon's background vocals can be heard all over the album. This is a good thing. The background arrangements are well done and another guest vocalist, Melody Ferris really sets a nice tone to the Champaign remake song 'How Bout Us'. This was an interesting concept because Vik brings back a forgotten soul classic and updates it with raps and new vocals. Typically, this is a recipe for disaster but somehow he remains true to the nostalgia of the old Champaign track without sampling it, but the updated raps and lyrics manage to make it even more relevant in today's world. Vik's own vocals seem to come to life a little more when he sings than when he raps. Lyrically and vocally he has a nice ability to make you feel any range of emotion from a more celebratory party vibe in 'Closer, Closer' to a solemn, melancholy vibe in 'It's All Over.' I actually enjoyed Vik's singing a little more than his rapping and that leads to my last point. What's the deal with the Big Vik - Brent Victory thing? I suppose he feels the need to separate the rapper from the singer but, considering he's the producer too, the whole thing got a little confusing. Overall, a really solid "INTRO" for this artist but, if we ever hear from you again, Vik/Brent -- expand on some of that great music and, please...one name only.
Strong INTRO for Big Vik
This is a strong artist. He's a good rapper and singer but I'm more impressed with his writing and producing. Very distinct melodies and musicianship without getting too cluttered by funky, weirded out sounds like most of the stuff out now. Lyrics are clever and you can tell he took time to think them out instead of making it up as he goes along. I know everybody's into freestyling but I'd much rather hear someone who took time to think it out before I pay for it. lol. Good guest artists too though I've never heard of any of them. If you like rap, Dynamite and Smashed Out are just ridiculous tight. For the smooth stuff, It's All Over is real talk.
Lots of Styles, Lots of Good Songs!
I don't really know how to categorize this album but it doesn't matter I guess. When I first heard it I was a little confused because it went from singing songs to rap songs to slow songs and girl songs. It took a minute but the more I listened the more I get it. Vik does it all and he does it all well!!! I hope he gets a lot of props for this. Not a lot of albums out like this one.