由于Strange Music的专辑销售量开始下降，公司里的艺人们开始面临失业的威胁~~而Tech N9ne和Travis等乐队的出版商却发展迅速。经由丰富的群众基础和为时一年的周游，Cognito开始广为Strange Music的支持者所知。他的新专辑《Automatic》是Strange Music通往成功的新希望。。。
Strange Music has the independent music scene by the neck. As album sales decline and the likelihood of surviving as an independent artists lessens by the day, Tech N9ne and Travis O'Guin's Missouri imprint has thrived. Through a fiercely loyal fan base and year round touring, Cognito has been slowly introduced to the Strange Music supporters. His album, Automatic, is now another release that Strange Music pushes forward with hopes of a continued success.
The world is introduced to Cognito on “I’m Going Crazy.” The production is stellar and instantly the listener understands that Cognito possesses a gift lyrically and vocally. His confident-but-aggressive delivery is top notch and stellar lyricism supports his cause. “I’m Going Crazy” is as good as it gets from hook to verse. It’s a great lead track that captivates the listener instantly. “Outcast,” the album's lead single, follows the stellar “I’m Going Crazy.” “Outcast” features the album's best production and arguably Cognito’s most honest and telling lyrics. When he finishes the first verse with, “In 50 years when I look back at my past / All that I want is for both of my daughters to be proud of their dad / What else do I have?” You see an artist who is grinding and creating for the right reasons. Quite simply, “Outcast” is a diverse addition to the Strange Music cannon.
The listener could say that the album peeks early, but with two great tracks leading off the album, it allows the listener to invest into the rest of the album. “Hip Hop” is plagued by a poor hook and a tired concept, even though it features an always-welcomed B-Legit verse. “Pill Poppin’ Music” is an Eminem-esque track which unfortunately doesn’t live up to the expectations. The topic, which can tend to get tired and repetitive, is exactly that. The album then hits its absolute low point with “Seven School Sins.” Here, Cognito went right with honest lyricism and dope production on “Outcast” he goes wrong with juvenile lyrics over shaky production. This track along with the failed Eminem impression on “Me Be Me” is where the album sinks.
The project is constantly balancing between these two extremes. When Cognito settles in, the middle with tracks like “Born to Be Fly,” you see an emcee who could have a radio hit. “Depression” is another more intimate look into Cognito’s existence while “Hollywood” sees the emcee get absolutely busy on the track showing off his multi-syllable rhyme schemes and wordplay. “I Live My Life” fails to be original and will ultimately get Eminem comparisons, and “I’m So High” provides the listener with a skip moment. The album finishes with superb crew track, “Stranger.” The production is solid and each emcee rises to the occasion and leaves his blood and sweat on a track blessed by hungry label-mates.
Cognito’s introduction to the world is ultimately a success. Though Automatic has its blunders, its high points allow the artist to soar. With a little time and maturation, Cognito could easily bring a more polished album to the table next go round. With a successful label backing him, and a commitment to tour, Cognito has the potential to be the next big artist not named Tech 9ne bearing the Strange Music emblem.
1. Intro - n/a
2. I'm going crazy (4.5/5) - Great introduction song, beat is great, hook is great.
3. Outcast (5/5) - This is the first single off of the album, one of the best songs on the album.
4. Hip-Hop (5/5) - B Legit and Tech N9ne offer verses on this track addressing the new pop trends hip-hop is leaning towards.
5. Pill Poppin' Music (5/5) - Brotha Lynch and Cognito spit some verses about drug use over an amazing beat and awesome hook. This song took me a couple of listens to get used to, but is now my favorite track of the album.
6. Seven School Sins (3/5) - This song is listen-able, but really strays from the first few tracks in that its very juvenile.
7. Violated - Another favorite of mine, Cognito sounds great over this hard, techno-like beat. Tech's verse is off the chain though!!
8. Skit - n/a
9. Born 2 Be Fly (4/5) - The verses on this track are outstanding, if you can put up with the annoying hook.
10. I'm So High, pt. 2 (3.5/5) - This song is enjoyable. I'm not sure why it's labeled a sequel though, if they're referring to I'm So High off of Krizz Kaliko's genius, then the subject matter is way off.
11. Depression (4.5/5) - Aside from "Outcast", this is another look into who Cognito actually is. Great track.
12. Pain (4/5) - Great track featuring Krizz Kaliko. Cognito takes another minute to tell who he is, where he's from over a relaxing beat. Lyrics really impressed me on this one. Kaliko does a great job on the hook.
13. Skit - n/a
14. I Live Life (4/5) - Great, upbeat song. Kind strays into Eminem territory on this one, punchlines about comical drug use and celebrities. If I were Cognito, I would avoid these types of songs.
15. Hollywood (5/5) - Now this is my third favorite on the album, great beat, great hook, but moreover, Cognito really shows off his lyrical presence on this one. If you're looking to see what this guy can do lyrically, check this song out first.
16. Me Be Me (3/5) - This sounds like another Eminem reject, but even worse, the song sounds forced, like they told cognito to write about drugs and other comical subject matter over a kiddy-beat.... sorry Cognito, we already have one Eminem, stick to serious subject matter.
17. Stranger (5/5) - The ultimate collaboration track - all the guests go hard on their verses and the hook and beats are amazing.
01. Intro (Skit)
02. I’m Goin’ Crazy
04. Hip-Hop (Feat. Tech N9ne & B-Legit)
05. Pill Poppin’ Music (Feat. Brotha Lynch Hung)
06. Seven School Sins
07. Violated (Feat. Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko)
08. The Joey Rosano Show #1 (Skit)
09. Born 2 Be Fly (Feat. Tech N9ne & Krizz Kaliko)
10. I’m So High Part 2
12. Pain (Feat. Krizz Kaliko)
13. The Joey Rosano Show #2 (Skit)
14. I Live Life
15. Hollywood (Feat. Cait La Dee)
16. Me Be Me
17. Stranger (Feat. Kutt Calhoun, Tech N9ne, Big Scoob, Loki & Stevie Stone)