It’s been a minute since we coved Blaq Tuxedo. When we found out they were dropping a new project, we were pretty excited as they give some good music that we find ourselves coming back to when we need a pick-me-up. This album, though, might be a little different.
One the positive side everything is well-produced and the brother sound great on every track. Whether they are giving us nonchalant flows or doing a little vocal ride, they bring energy to every track and their enthusiasm in contagious. The beats are solid from beginning to end and, even though there is similarity between the two different kinds of tracks (more on that next), everything sounds different. The lyrics are pretty average, but they make up for is with deliver and sound.
The biggest issue we had with the set is that the title track seems to be pulled in two very different directions. Tracks three through eight are very trap, brag-rap, and affluenza-based; which is fine and has its place. These track are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but they have their place and, for people who need a club turnup, these are it. The problem is that tracks one, two, nine, and ten are more romantic in subject and sound and the effect is rather jarring when two mood switches so suddenly. Only track eleven seems to be the song that could have joined the two halves together by simply placing it inbetween the vastly different styles as a transition. They also could have split the two moods from each other and had two really good EPs. Tap In/Tap Out promotes itself pretty well.
We’re not going to pick favorites and skippables for this set (this time) because they are so vastly different that we think we would be doing a disservice because it did take a moment for our minds to switch over and accept what was going on musically.
The DJ Carisma-assisted album is out now. You can purchase it from any digital outlet.