17 Songs, 57 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
11 Ratings
11 Ratings

Yo, What happened to al the reviews?

Hip Hop xpert

Never the less this is superb. Stephy Jey. 3d Crew baby.

tha best

coolglass 654

this is one of tha best albums on tha planet yo

Highlights His Skills, His Flaws


I respect Braille. He has a fresh voice and he can flow. Especially on tracks where he guest stars (especially with rappers like Theory Hazit or Sivion), he contributes with well-written vibes and rhymes, always spitting the truth hard. After purchasing this album and giving it a few listen throughs, I conclude that at best he's very passionate about his craft and gives his all into this tracks, at his worst he sometimes exerts too much on each track, whether through his intense rhyming or over-produced beats. On this project, some of the tracks are absolute bangers: "Remember Your Path," "Counter-attack," and "The IV" make you nod your head in agreement with lyrics and beats; great tracks. Yet some of the production is quite odd and doesn't fit neatly into a nice project: "Mental Guards" and "Get It Right" are just bad and quirky for a hip-hop project, absolutely annoying. To wrap this up, Braille is a talented, good rapper who I feel is "feeling out" his style to see where he fits best as a rapper. The IV is just a bridgehead leading to better paths ahead. Do I recommend this album? Yes.

About Braille

A Christian rapper from Portland, OR, influenced by the positivity of A Tribe Called Quest in the midst of gangsta rap's heyday, Braille Brizzy started making music as a teen and had released Lifefirst: Half the Battle by the time he was 17. With a poor response, difficult times followed, and after a job cleaning out repossessed homes proved unsatisfactory, he decided to follow his heart and hit the road with his wife to tour the country in his van, living off the money made from selling merchandise at shows. By 2004, he had saved enough to record a second album and collaborated with 9th Wonder and Rob Swift to make Shades of Grey. URB Magazine took notice, naming him an upcoming artist to watch, and James Brown took notice as well, inviting him to open up for the Godfather of Soul on his 2005 and 2006 tour. The spiritual Box of Rhymes followed, along with a tour with his idols De La Soul. In 2008, he dropped his fourth album, The IV Edition, featuring members of Lifesavas and Cunninlynguists as guests. ~ Jason Lymangrover

Portland, OR



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