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Album Review

Sold as a rap/rock/pop triple threat with massive crossover potential, Kevin Rudolf is actually less hip-hop than Kid Rock, Fergie, and maybe even Gwen Stefani. Even if the rap bit is oversold, this hip-pop-rock kid who performs, writes, and produces is keenly aware of how much Urban music flavor the Pop music genre had absorbed since the millennium turned. He loves a guitar crunch and there are too many fist-raising rock anthems on his debut album to call this rap/rock/pop in equal shares, but when superstar rapper, Rudolf advocate, and Cash Money label boss Lil Wayne shows up, In the City becomes an album for the second MTV generation. Suburban kids living with their multi-genre MP3 players on shuffle and digging heavily on that Linkin Park/Jay-Z mash-up will find Rudolf and Wayne's "Let It Rock" a near-perfect highlight, agreeing with other declared fans of the fist-pumper like Lindsay Lohan and Ryan Seacrest (Chuck D and the RZA are mum on the issue). "Welcome to the World," with Rick Ross, once again skillfully puts the hip-hopper on top of pop-metal, but when the grit of hood life is explored on the awfully shallow "N.Y.C.," clichés that could have come out of Miley Cyrus or Katy Perry squash any hopes of street-cred ("In the city of dreams/You get caught up in the schemes/And fall apart at the seams"). Rudolf's lyrics may be cringe-worthy through the plentiful filler, but his giant pop/rock productions make the songs sound alive and much more vital than they should. Take it as the great "Let It Rock" surrounded by so-so filler or the slickest demo reel ever sold, In the City gets by on hooks and hugeness, like an irony-free Andrew W.K., Timbaland working with Aerosmith, or a jaded version of the Jonas Brothers now willing to drop the F-bomb. [In the City was also made available in a clean version with all explicit material removed.]

Customer Reviews

It's sad that this is considered Rock

I previewed a few of these songs and they're really not Rock. It's way more Pop than anything else.

Just Great

No sarcasm, I am being dead serious. This album is great. Kevin Rudolf starts his career with an amazing album that has only amazing songs that appeal to everyone. I hope this is a sign of good things to come from him

CD is A piece of ART

Each song has certain metaphors and actually has a message. The guitar and drum pads express very nice sounds and kevin's music actually shows has life-experiences that people deal with. He doesnt do it for the money nor fame thats why he didnt really promote himself. He has pure love for his talented musical skills. Amazing job Kevin Rudolf In The City 4.5/5; smashing guitar Let It Rock 5/5; Song of the year, arguably song of this generation. it lets it rock....enough said I Song 4.5/5; nice lyrics and soothes the listener Livin it up 3.5/5; little too popish but nice guitar though N.Y.C. 4/5; nice chorus but verse's don't flow as nice as let it rock and wlecome to the world No Way Out 3.5/5; nice song but kind of boring Scarred 5/5; Very good song. This song has the whole package...good rythm, sweet guitar, stellar chorus and his lyrics tells a story. Welcome to the world 5/5; Guitar, drum pads and total proruction is grade A. Rick Ross deliverses and brings the house down, "Took my time she lovin each touch, when she close her eyes guess what she thinks of...Boss boss boss boss" Coffe and Donuts 4.5/5; Tells about a state of piano keys. She Can Get it 3.5/5; guitar is pretty nice on this of the weaker tacks Gimme a Sign 4.5/5; Awesome beat and Kevin's verses are very worthy. Great Escape 5/5; Piano is very good, deep song Without You 5/5; everything on this song is stellar, guitar, rythm, chorus are amazing.


Born: 1983 in Manhattan, New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A genre-jumping singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist based in Miami, FL, Kevin Rudolf grew up in New York City. With his mother working as a singer, the young Rudolf was introduced to the nightclub scene at a very young age. By the time he got his first guitar at the age of 12, he had already been exposed to all sorts of bands and many different genres of music. His teens would be filled with the usual basement bands and local bar combos, but when he bought a keyboard and computer he was able...
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