My Own Lane [Only @ Best Buy] Kid Ink Primary Artist
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Mixing the hazy, lazy feeling of cloud rap with a sound that's slick and entirely prepared to be the 2014 definition of radio-friendly, L.A.-based Kid Ink isn't necessarily in My Own Lane because of his patched-together style, but the talented, {|Drake|}-sounding rapper is certainly unique when it comes to cocky career development. Consider his feature-less, 2012 indie album Up & Away his proper introduction and showcase, because this major-label debut jams the features in, so much so that R&B star {|Chris Brown|} gets two turns, Show Me and Main Chick, both of them light, airy, and attractive tracks from producer {|Dijon DJ Mustard McFarlane|}, and both of them sounding like a screwed 'n' chopped take on {|Robin S|}' dancefloor classic Show Me Love. {|MGK|} and {|Elle Varner|} show up to make the already worthy emo-rap power ballad No Miracles an even better challenger for {|B.o.B|}'s Airplanes, and when {|Tyga|} comes round for a lusty and clever swagger number (She's so innocent, I'm a guilty trip) pop-rap tracks aimed at the strip club get a new standard bearer with the title Iz U Down. Still, it's all the kind of light-hearted stuff true hip-hop heads shake their fist at till {|Pusha-T|} and producer {|Sham Sak Pase Joseph|} offer Kid Ink something off-kilter and hard during the great Murda. When it comes to outros, More Than a King is an inspired, free-form way to close the show, filled with anticipation-building stops and starts along with impossible boasts such as I feel there ain't been no man like me since Adam. Add to this a traditional intro like Hello World and this debut has plenty of the elements of a grand entrance, but Ink's version of show and prove is so cool here it could be taken as snotty, and the tricky Murda has a lot of work to do as the flighty album's lone anchor. Approach this release as album number two and it comes off as a celebration based on past success, so use Up & Away as an intro, then join Ink and all the inspired party people he invited to {|My Own Lane|}. [A Best Buy Exclusive was also released, and added four bonus tracks.]

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