'Life of a DON' Is the Perfect Balance Between Psychedelic R&B and Moshpit Music [Album Review]

Ian Hansen

Cactus Jack rapper and singer, Don Toliver, has some of the most electrifying melodies in music right now. His ability to have R&B-inspired singing over psychedelic, Mike Dean production, like he does in Life of a DON, is something that is undoubtedly hard to replicate.

He doesn’t just stick to the slow-paced, spacey, R&B style like he does on tracks such as "Double Standards," "Company PT. 2," and "Swangin’ on Westheimer." He brings the perfect balance of vibe music and tracks you want to mosh to. He sticks to his Houston roots, with songs such as "Double Standards" and "OUTERSPACE" paying homage to the late DJ Screw, sprinkling his chopped and screwed style within the tracks.

After his debut album, Heaven or Hell, I wanted something more original. Something that didn’t feel quite like someone trying to replicate Travis Scott’s style. I wanted more singing and more harmony and we got that beyond expectations.

Songs like "2AM", "Get Throwed," and "Crossfaded" have such groovy feel to them that make you want to dance at a club and have a drink.

The highlights come from songs such as "OUTERSPACE," which features an impressive Baby Keem feature, with astronomical synths and a beat switch that brings out an anthemic melody layered with other infectious melodies by Don Toliver. Both Travis Scott features on "Flocky Flocky" and "You" bring out the versatility of the duo. "Flocky Flocky" is reminiscent of cartel music in outer space, while "You" takes a different direction, as I would compare it to Travis Scott’s "Maria I’m Drunk." Finally, the outro, "BOGUS," is the perfect way to conclude this album. It is Don leaving his mark in a big way and showing the world he can do everything.

Life of a Don is only Don Toliver’s second album and provides the perfect balance of what makes him so highly regarded.

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