It has been a few months since I MondreM.A.N’s 2013 masterpiece Cloudd Packk was released. I’ve already released a blurb about it, but it’s not enough. I have listened to the album over and over on Bandcamp. I looped “Cold Year” on Soundcloud. I eventually manned up and paid the seven dollars. Money well spent.
Many people on the Internet have bitched and moaned about how Main Attrakionz haven’t been at their finest recently. Many disheartened fans constantly talking about how Blackberry Ku$h, Chandelier, and 808s and Dark Grapes II were the best from the duo and nothing has been as strong since. I disagree entirely. Sure, those three albums are wonderful, almost perfect, and I still return to them weekly, but have you been keeping up with MAz outputs?
Squadda Bambino has released like nineteen albums this year alone, with enough strong tracks to pluck from each project to form two hours of solid roadie cruising.
MondreM.A.N has released album after album with consistency. Very few weak tracks. From Da Lo-Fi Railroad was a great, quick album with EMPDENNY. Not a single bad song.
In three years, Mondre has launched three albums on par with anything by the Main Attrakionz collective. Sorry Squadda, you’re on your grind as well and I respect that, but I’m on my Mondre flow at the moment.
Look at the releases. I refer to them as the trilogy. The Mondrilogy. That was a stretch.
2011: Dream Collabo released M A N, a flawless eight track EP (nine if you count the bonus track with Danny Brown and Hollywood Squadda) with timeless playback and terrific cohesion. “Surprise”? Damn.
2012: MondreM.A.N and Nem270 released an 18-track soul journey Rhythm and Zone. The two have worked together in the past, specifically on the project Dope Since ’91, but they had never released a full project together. I’m a sucker for albums entirely produced by the same person. The transition between songs on the entire album is like melted butter. It’s perfect for listening during breakfast, it’s perfect for bed.
2013: Cloudd Packk. A 24 track album. The artwork says it all. The flow is like clouds touching the ocean. Joe Wax, Marlee B, Friendzone, yes. With very few features (Shady Blaze, Squadda), Mondre manages to fly through two dozen songs with ease, choosing beats that define his sound. “Amber Skies” is my ringtone. No songs stray from being sky high, hence the album title. Violins, pianos, flutes, heavy bass. What more do you need? Even his lyrics are up. “No Hillary Banks like Phil lost his daughter. Shit, sometimes I think I can walk on water.” Finishing up with “Its Not Ova” was a genius move, making me antsy for the next release. This trilogy will certainly hold me over until 808s and Dark Grapes III comes out later this year. Grab the album and check the new video for “Ha Haaaa” produced by none other than Nem270. Since I’ve written this, Squadda has probably released three new albums, so let me get back to it.