The Orphanz: The Progression Vol.1

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The Orphanz - The Progression Vol. 1
Artist: The Orphanz

Title: The Progression Vol. 1

Basics: More YAFI hip hop? You got it. Luckily, The Orphanz have a clue as to what they are doing, as opposed to certain other hip hop artists from last week. Veteran producers Dre Lesean and D.K. Simmons comprise The Orphanz and their Progression Vol. 1 reads as a veritable who's who of acts they have produced: Babyface, El DeBarge, Jr., Missy Elliott and Damani Blaq all contribute vocals on the album. What comes forth, then, is 23 tracks of all different styles, tied together by one common bond - The Oprhanz' slick production style.

Best Song: There are a lot of songs choose from for this distinction -- and I'm not just saying that because there are over 20 tracks on the album. Lesean and Simmons have been in the game for a while now and they know how to do their damn thing. The fourth track on the album, "1Hunnid" features vocals from Damani Blaq with a little help from Lesean himself. However, it is beautifully tied together by perhaps it's strongest aspect -- El DeBarge, Jr. singing the hook. The son of former Motown mainstay/DeBarge lead singer El DeBarge, Jr. proves that the apple definitely hasn't fallen far from the tree. Having silky smooth vocals like that at your disposal -- as Lesean and Simmons have throughout Progression --  certainly helps add a nice polish to their tracks.

Worst Song: For some odd reason, "Here We Go" sounds like it was recorded on substandard equipment -- definitely different from the rest of the tracks. It really sounds as if it is heavily transcoded -- their is noticeable static and the vocals sound overtly tinny. Thankfully it's the only song that sounds this way, but it is unfortunate in that it throws a wrench -- as the eighth track on the album -- into an otherwise solid momentum.

Suggestions: I, for one, would love to hear Vol. 2. Lesean and Simmons don't really need my help at this point in their careers, but I will say that it is good to know that these two can help make a name for AZ hip hop like they have with The Progresssion Vol. 1.

Grade: B+

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11 comments
alize72
alize72

DRE YOUR AMAZING AT WHAT YOU DO KEEP UP ALL THE GOOD WORK YOUR DOING IM PROUD OF YOU !!!!!!! AND PROUD TO CALL YOU MY FRIEND

Globalgroent
Globalgroent

I've had the joy of working with Dre and yea, this brotha is definitely talented and the "PRODUCTION" & "PRODUCING" fit the bill... If you want a quality end product, this would be a great place to spend your money!

Cornbreadwoman
Cornbreadwoman

I was blown away by the tracks I heard on ReverbNation. I'm not even a fan of hip hop, but this has something more -- grooves that made me want to listen again and again. Good lyrics, too. I'm a fan.

Tajuana Lewis
Tajuana Lewis

I highly recommend this album!!! Hot tracks and soultry collaborations!!

Cbpictures
Cbpictures

Overall all talented and looking forward to producing a music video of equal balance. I hope they keep dropping albums and working hard like they do.

10eight
10eight

Blazin tracks from one of the cities hottest producers. Production on point, wit the right mix of artist's. They build upon the canvas and paint the perfect picture, while displaying what AZ's bringing to tha game. We workin on the video for The Orphanz as we speak. 10 Eight, Octavius Entertainment.

WaxxGado
WaxxGado

This is a Great CD of All Phoenix's Greatest Rappers Like J Boog, Bookie, Lil Probs & Cadillac Jak, etc.....I gave a Stamp of Approval to Dre & The Orphanz as One of Az's Premiere Producers! (Intro Song f. Boog)

And Having artists as El DeBarge Jr, Babyface & Missy Elliot only proves these guys are the "Real Deal", And this is ONLY the 1st Disk!!! I hear the Vol 2 is already in the makin, And I may jump on board wit Production, Cause these cats are among the few Producers in town I'd Collab Wit!!

From The Chi to The Phein is what it is!!! And Tha Orphanz will Be Making Noise in the 2-11!!

WaxxGado

Quiverhappyd
Quiverhappyd

Ahhh...my boys, you simply are AMAZING!!! This CD has it all. Can't even begin to pick a favorite here! Your hard work, dedication, and passion for your craft shows through every beat, note, and lyric. So proud of you! Nicely done!!!! xo...d.

Pricelezzzz
Pricelezzzz

Thanks Andre, love the Progression Vol 1, lol. Well of course not everything, I'm not a big hip hop fan, but I know good beats/music when I hear it and I like a lot of the lyrics. I've heard good things from different people around AZ about The Orphanz, East and West Valley, so keep up the good work! You definitely have an ear for music and that's Pricelezzzz! Waiting for Vol 2 to drop! And.... by the way, I got them from iTunes.

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Ehayes85202
Ehayes85202

THIS IS THE FIRST OF MANY PROJECTS PRODUCED BY THE ORPHANZ....HOW DO I KNOW....? BECAUSE IM ONE OF THE PROJECTS....MY NAME IS AIRICK.HAYES.....AND BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE SMASH SINGLE"YOU"......PRODUCED BY THE ORPHANZ (FEAT.BOBKATT)....AND THE NEW MUSIC VIDEO UNDER THE SAME NAME DIRECTED BY TONY KURE..... AZ STAND UP!!!...ITS TIME.!!!!....LOG ONTO.....www.airickhayes.com......

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