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Album Review

Coming out of L.A. with a vocal style that's a mash-up of Drake, Lil B, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown, Kid Ink squared that very 2012 circle by coating his tunes with productions that were somewhere between cloud rap and Young Money's favorites. Add singalong choruses and clever punch lines (opener "No One Left" offers "These streets are a monster, happy Halloween") and this Kid seems designed by record execs, but his road to this debut album was organic by hip-hop standards, kicking off with mixtapes, partnerships with DJ Ill Will and then Sean Kingston, and a steady climb up Internet music-trending scoreboards as new pop-rap fans got hooked. Up & Away, his official debut, suggests the talented Kid Ink isn't such a calculated hitmaker but a huge fan of what's poppin' in 2012, and that means a bit of emo, a lot of ambition, and productions that hypnotize and swirl, even when they come with G-Unit-styled names like "Walk in the Club" (is that a loop of a nylon guitar or a sequencer in heaven?). Little bits of unique personality sprout up here and there (Ink is connected to the fan base more than the game, plus he's got a rare humbleness between all his boasting and swagger), but the reason to sign on with this exciting yet indistinct debut is a toss-up between "Time of Your Life" (a prime pre-club track for ladies) and "Lost in the Sauce" (with silly, fun lyrics and a bleepy, booming production, it's like new wave heroes Devo meet Deebo from the Friday movie). Good times, fun album, but getting stuck on "Is that Drake?" and not even including the great mixtape hit "Up & Away" on the debut you named it after are both annoyances that newcomers should consider.

Customer Reviews


Been a fan sense the beginning. Still going strong and getting better


this album is dope and kid ink is a freakin beast

good album

This is a good album! The beats were amazing in every song. Rhymes could have been better in a few songs but overall I loved the album.


Born: April 1, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

MC and producer Kid Ink -- born Brian Todd Collins in Los Angeles, California, and formerly known as Rockstar -- rose steadily by releasing a series of four mixtapes during 2010 and 2011. XXL magazine was impressed enough to list him beside the likes of Danny Brown and Macklemore in its Freshman Class feature for 2012. That June, Kid Ink released Up & Away, his first proper studio album, via Tha Alumni. Although it featured beats from several producers -- including Ned Cameron, Cardiak, Jahlil Beats,...
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