Most of us here at Potholes remember Stalley’s Lincoln Way Nights very well. It easily cracked our Top 15 Free Albums & Mixtapes of 2011 list, largely due to killer 808s that all spawned exclusively from Elev8tor Music’s own Rashad. While well-deserved kudos was tossed in his general direction for a job well done, it wasn’t exactly the break-out party that a solo album could have provided. So here we are, in 2012, with just that: Rashad takes advantage of his diverse bag of tricks and lays everything down on his debut LP, Museum.
With Rashad, undeniably, there’s talent wherever you want to find it. On a dime, he can transition a track’s mood as easily as he can switch from rhyme to serenade. “The Truth” shows how fluid the passage from rap verse to catchy soulful hook can be for Rashad. It makes sense that, apart from a passable Styles-P cameo and short entry from Ohio’s PA Flex, there really isn’t a need for guest appearances on Museum when you’ve got a jack-of-all-trades running the show.
Therein lies the rub, though; nearly everything on Rashad’s first record is decent, yet nothing is particularly great. Apart from the rugged standout track “Machine Gun”, which will immediately leap out at you with a grimy guitar riff and delightfully drowsy brass layer, there aren’t really any other blips on the radar; Museum seems to be too smooth for its own good. I won’t keep in contact with this record, though now knowing what Rashad’s capable of on his own, I’ll put money on a shorter, sweeter sophomore album in the near future, where he will hopefully be able to separate from the pack.