MOOD ENT.’s highly anticipated album, MAINTAIN has finally arrived. Does the project meet our expectations? Read the review from RESPECT. Magazine’s Tracy Mitchell to find out.
After dropping the visual for their lead single “VA ISNT FOR LOVERS,” the VA collective keeps their promise and finally shares a new project. MOOD ENT. uses their debut album MAINTAIN to let people know they’re very much here and they aren’t going anywhere. The rap collective based in Hampton, Virginia has successfully created an exceptional hip-hop album that speaks on what most of us are into these days. VA star power is infused all throughout this album and most of all, it perfectly embodies all of their musical strengths.
Amongst all nine tracks of the project MOOD ENT. makes it a priority to give listeners an accurate feel and experience of who they are. They incredibly shine in their tracks “HARDAWAY” and “FIGURES” where they speak on the raw trials and tribulations of their come up. In conjunction with their rawness, they boldly show off their pen game in “MONSTARS” where they spit some serious bars over a classic/hip-hop influenced beat. However, on tracks like “VIBE,” “LATELY,” “WATERPARK,” and “NEW WU-TANG” the collective displays their charming side as they trade verses all while meshing the dope elements of Virginia’s hip-hop sound. One cut that’s surely a stand out track on MAINTAIN is ACCIDENT, where they give us a wavy record with a playful instrumental which is packed with hard-hitting verses and a catchy hook.
Overall, MAINTAIN is a well done hip-hop album that greatly represents the VA. As for the strongest tracks on the project, it’s most definitely “LATELY,” “ACCIDENT,” and “MONSTARS.” Click play below and get a feel of what MOOD ENT. has in store for this music game.