Overall Rating and Impression: 8.25/10
Voice Memos is Youtube producer/rapper Quadeca’s 2019 album, announced November 10, 2018 at the end of his music video for “Unusual”. Overall I found this album to be very enjoyable and I’m glad that people recommended this album to me. I’ve seen Quadeca’s videos on YouTube before but haven’t been able to check out this album until now.
What I liked most about this album was the diversity of beats, topics, and flows that are talked about and used throughout, yet the overall sense of wholeness the album had. Being titled Voice Memos, I think the concept he was going for here was a collection of songs that are recorded on your phone in the voice memos app so that you can quickly get out your thoughts and return to them later. For me that’s the basic feel the album had since the topics range from braggadocios and in your face with songs like Uh Huh!, but also talk a lot about self doubt and loneliness on songs like The Man On My Left Shoulder and Rowboat.
On the intro he says that his songs are bipolar like Kanye and that does seem true as the topics can juxtaposition each other at times as we jump from song to song. It seems like we’re in the rowboat in his mind and going through his thoughts on his position in the rap game and what’s to come. To me my least favorite moment came on Thank You Next which was a more bare bones song with a basic beat and more flat topic, but moments like that were few and far between. Another small thing I didn’t like was the auto time chorus’s at times which gave it a more emo rap feel that I’m personally not into.
The highlight of the album for me as definitely the final track where he talks about his different songs and sort of summarizes his main points in a very concise way. I’m a sucker for good closer tracks and I feel like this was done really well and wraps up the album very nicely giving it a sense of wholeness.
As always let me know what you thought of Voice Memos in the comments! Swipe right for track ranking and songs I’m adding to my playlist!