ADÉ – Something New (EP Review)


DMV rapper ADÉ, formerly known as Phil Ade, is an act that I have always been impressed with through his collaborations with some of my favorite music acts like Wale, Mac Miller, and GoldLink. ADÉ has returned with ‘Always Something’ to showcase the refreshing energy to validate his change in direction. The six track EP features guest appearances from Lil Baby, Rich The Kid, GoldLink, Wale, and Fatman Scoop. Production is handled by the likes of Super Miles, Ayo N Keyz, DJ Money, and more.

Tracklist & Ratings

  2. SOMETHING NEW (feat. Lil Baby)
  3. SOMETHING FROM NOTHIN’ (feat. Rich the Kid)
  5. SOMETHING SWEET (feat. Fatman Scoop)
  6. SOMETHING REAL (feat. GoldLink & Wale)

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From start to finish, ‘Always Something’ is quite the treat sonically.  Its full of colorful synths and dope backdrops that makes it easy and enjoyable. Strong diversity among the production allowed Adé to show his skills across a range of styles. The vibrant opening track “PLAY SOMETHING” serves its purpose as it showcases Adé’s SMOOOOOTH delivery over a very instrumental heavy beat. Personally this excited me as I moved forward listening. On the Lil Baby featured track “SOMETHING NEW,” the vibes that were established in the intro track were felt here as well.  Lil Baby’s contributions melodically gave the track a nice dynamic in that second verse. It seemed very fitting and he was totally in his element as his vocals slide beautifully in the pocket. The best track on here was the Rich the Kid featured “Something From Nothin.” Rich the Kid delivered per usual with arousing 16, gleefully bouncing above the beat with engaging vocal inflections and ad-libs. Adé absolutely held his own here as well with his verse and chorus. My only beef with this project arrives on  “Something Real.” A track that is one of the most enticing with a D.C. linkup of Adé, GoldLink and Wale did not meet my expectations. I hated the stuttering instrumental. It doesn’t allow any of these artist to really get into their bags and showcase themselves. It actually  upsets me that this is how the EP closed out. 

‘Always Something’ is just a mere sample size of what Adé brings to the table with the EP clocking in at less than 20 minutes. Though short and sweet, this EP showcased his versatility. That alone gives plenty of reason to see to be excited for what Adé has in store for 2019. For those unfamiliar, get familiar. Adé is no rookie but he is a “seasoned vet” looking to have himself a coming out party this year. 

RATING: 8.5/10


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