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"All in all, Kill The Motherboard stylistically stands in a class of their own. They’re not for everyone, but with meaningful lyrics and rhythmic production, they offer a breath of fresh air in a scene that’s been plagued with repetition, simplicity, and at times, a lack of creativity.  The Legend of Picasso Jones will definitely be added to my playlist and am sure you’ll do the same once you take it for a spin!"

Coming from a traditional hip hop background, I didn’t know what to expect when I went to listen to The Legend of Picasso Jones. Admittedly, I had never heard of Kill The Motherboard. I was vaguely familiar with Jack Splash’s work with Kendrick Lamar and Cee-Lo Green, but still had no idea what I was in for in reviewing their debut album.

After a super-cool blues intro, I was immediately introduced to the world of Kill The Motherboard with Jack Splash’s sober but carefully laced production, "Saint Paul”. The vocalist, Jon Brown, lays down a teaser of an anthem which warns that The Legend of Picasso Jones was going to be a soulful journey into the elements of funk and hip hop. The song picks up steam towards the end but quickly loses its flame as it ends at just over 2 minutes. This left me a tad bit disappointed as it was a killer track and was really hoping for more.

Next up was a song that I found myself coming back to again and again, “The Water”.  This jam starts in an aggressive fashion with a gritty and persistent electro bassline which immediately fills the void left from “Saint Paul.” Jon Brown jumps in with powerful and melodic vocals that really bring this song to life for the listener. Once I heard the incredibly catchy hook, I realized these guys might actually be onto something. Eric Biddines also makes his first appearance on the album and assists with his complex conscious flows that take an ever-evolving production from Jack Splash to a whole new level. It is no surprise that these two chose to drop this track as one of the debut singles to their full-length project.

Another high point on the album is “Mr. Nobody & His Nefarious Friends.” This song is a super-funky jam containing what seems to be Kill The Motherboard’s signature style – an upbeat rhythm, carefully placed multi-layered production, and a style bending uplifting form of hip hop. Reminiscent of Kid Cudi’s “Cudi Zone”, Kill The Motherboard continues to push the boundaries or rap with their unconventional style on this song and others throughout the album.

While Jack Splash tends to alley-oop Jon Brown throughout the majority of the album, he seems to outshine his partner on the closing track, “Castles.” Jon Brown holds his own but Jack Splash displays that there’s truly multiple levels to being a producer. Polished with psychedelic tunes and twinkles, the methodical production displayed on the track was top notch and one of my favorites on the album.  "Castles" seemed to be the perfect track to bring The Legend of Picasso Jones to a close and showcased why the dynamic-duo of Jack Splash and Jon Brown are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the not-so-distant future.   Wanna decide for yourself?  Click HERE to listen to The Legend of Picasso Jones - you'll be glad you did!


As always, rock on my friends!     Hunnypot Approved!     Overall Rating:  8.5 out of 10

Artist:  Kill The MotherBoard,  Album: The Legend of Picasso Jones,   Release Date: June 14th, 2019,  LabelEasyleague Entertainment - Empire

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