Obnoxious – “Sic Audio” review

This is the long-awaited sophomore album albeit Suburban Noize Records debut from San Diego emcee Obnoxious. Getting his start in 2009 off the strength of his debut mixtape As Seen on TV, he would then follow it up 7 years later by dropping his full-length debut Jamacha. But it wasn’t until Cinco de Mayo 2020 where it was announced that Kevin Zinger had signed Obnoxious to Subnoize, where he has since formed the trio King Klick with Chucky Chuck & Johnny Richter to put out their eponymous debut EP before quietly dissolving to join forces with Madchild on the incredible collab effort Mobsters & Monsters this past winter. However as the 3 year mark of OB’s record deal approaches, he’s finally releasing Sic Audio to celebrate.

“Be Someone” is an inspiring, feel-good opener with a high-pitched vocal sample throughout talking about being on top of every other rapper out right now whereas the blaring yet dusty “American Graffiti” advises to take it easy around him. “Maniac” blends some kicks, snares & piano chords describing just how crazy he can get leading into Sick Jacken tagging along for “Legendary” talking about being anything but secondary over a Jedi Mind Tricks-inspired beat

Meanwhile on “Honor Roll”, we have Evidence working in some angelic vocals & an ominous organ for Obnoxious to talk about smoking glints 365 days a year leading into the Termanology-assisted “Chapo n Gotti” returning to the boom bap comparing themselves to the infamously titular criminals. “Starstruck” hooks up some pianos with more kicks & snares getting in his battle rap back, but then Ill Bill comes into the picture for “You Don’t Like Me” over a boom bap instrumental with an Italian sample calling your favorite rapper a bitch.

“Step Back” has this crooning loop throughout as OB talks about keeping it moving while “Powerful Forces” with Rakaa finds the pair on top of a flute/boom bap hybrid comparing themselves to exactly that. The title track weaves some more keys, snares & kicks talking about smoking your dead homie like ganja while the penultimate song “Ain’t Changed” is a more emotional ballad making it clear that he’s still the same guy. “Lift Off” then closes the album with a vibraphone heavy smoker’s anthem.

We went through a lot of delays to get to this point & I’m happy that the moment is finally here because you can really hear how much Obnoxious has grown artistically & personally since Jamacha. A more than welcoming Suburban Noize solo debut. He’s the best he’s ever sounded on the lyrical side of things & I really think the overall style of this album would appeal to fans of Cypress Hill, The Psycho Realm, JMT as I mentioned earlier & The Alchemist like myself. This is only the beginning for the San Diego wordsmith.

Score: 4.5/5

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