The Laws Of Nature
The last few leaks from The Laws Of Nature have been well-received and they somewhat established a high bar for AWAR to live up to. Looking at the credits alone, which features production from Jake One, M-Phazes, Nottz, and more (along with features from Murs, Stat Quo, Latoiya Williams, Joe Budden and others), it seems that this could easily be a solid project as long as the AWAR delivers on his verses. Thankfully, that’s the case here as the project bangs with its production and gritty, Hip-Hop presentation.
To be clear, there are a couple of things you should know before pressing play. This is Boom-Bap Hip-Hop, for the most part. AWAR rhymes over beats that don’t try to be amazing with ever-changing soundscapes like you’d hear on a Hit-Boy/Kanye West project; it’s hard-hitting production that delivers without overshadowing the guest features. Secondly, AWAR’s flow is unique to a fault; there are times where it seems that he’s rhyming off by a half beat (or less), but it’s actually part of his complex, unorthodox flow. Some people won’t be able to get past that, period. It’s all too easy to just assume that he’s rhyming off beat being lazy when in all actuality, it’s his rhyme scheme.
However, if you can manage to just listen, you’ll realize that AWAR’s highly capable of stringing together complete verses full of knowledge drops, clever lines, and witty metaphors. From a content standpoint, it’s easy to see why Jake One and other producers seem to enjoy collaborating with him; he’s consistent with it, and throughout the entire LP that’s on display.
The Laws of Nature is a solid play, but there’s a few tracks that stand out above and beyond, such as the Vanderslice-produced “Never Break Me”, which features AWAR and Evidence spitting about their drive and determination. In a similar theme but different vibe, “Until The End” features a soulful production flip from Nottz, who also spits a verse alongide Murs. Although the Stat Quo verse leaves a little to be desired in “Take A Moment”, joints like “Elephant Gun” and “Standout” (with Joe Budden) makes up for the hiccup.
Overall, AWAR’s done a nice job of just getting the job done; he didn’t have to do much to ensure this was a dope project, but he did more than was expected by delivering that rugged Hip-Hop feel with his lyrics and unorthodox flow, even if the flow is sometimes off-put. The Laws Of Nature is available now to purchase, so check it out.