14 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Previously known as Buff1, the Michigan mic mangler Jamall Buford has been paying dues for many years now, both as a solo artist and a member of Athletic Mic League and The Black Opera. On the first album released under his actual government name (following Pure, There's Only One, and the DJ Rhettmatic collabo Crown Royale), he delivers a great collection of "grown-folks' music," with deeply personal lyrics heavily influenced by real life and his day job working with teens and families. There are a few guests in the mix (Magestik Legend, Neco Red, Vaughn T., Grand Cee, and Tres Styles), but for the most part it's all Jamall; he even produces several joints himself. Somewhat reminiscent of Little Brother, latter-era De La Soul, and Punch & Words, this is thinking-man's hip-hop: unconcerned with flossing, balling, and hustling, more focused on relatable storytelling. It's more suited for headphones than the club; check out the title track, "Travel Light," "Loser," and the outrageously catchy "Living Room Flo (Come See My Crib)."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Previously known as Buff1, the Michigan mic mangler Jamall Buford has been paying dues for many years now, both as a solo artist and a member of Athletic Mic League and The Black Opera. On the first album released under his actual government name (following Pure, There's Only One, and the DJ Rhettmatic collabo Crown Royale), he delivers a great collection of "grown-folks' music," with deeply personal lyrics heavily influenced by real life and his day job working with teens and families. There are a few guests in the mix (Magestik Legend, Neco Red, Vaughn T., Grand Cee, and Tres Styles), but for the most part it's all Jamall; he even produces several joints himself. Somewhat reminiscent of Little Brother, latter-era De La Soul, and Punch & Words, this is thinking-man's hip-hop: unconcerned with flossing, balling, and hustling, more focused on relatable storytelling. It's more suited for headphones than the club; check out the title track, "Travel Light," "Loser," and the outrageously catchy "Living Room Flo (Come See My Crib)."

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