Seattle rapper Brandon Stoehr looks to ignite the industry with his hot new album titled As Far As It Goes. Let us dispense of the obvious Eminem comparisons here, because this is another artist with a unique signature all his own. Armed with some killer beats and an intellectual lyrical style, Brandon Stoehr is here to prove why his album deserves to be in your collection.
Opening with the meaty "Told Em One Day" (Prod. By Don P), this song is instantly club-ready and single-worthy. Don P has done an excellent job layering a multitude of sounds together, while managing to give them all a clean and clear place within this busy track. Brandon Stoehr shines bright on this track with worthwhile lyrics and a lethal dose of lyrical skills. The harmonies are on point and everything about this track just works, as far as album opening tracks go, I don’t think Brandon Stoehr could have pulled off better.
Further into the album (and by no means is this meant to override the great songs that led up to this one) is the killer track “Know This Already” (Prod. By Menace). Everything we have come to expect out of a great hip-hop song is here, a great beat, methodical lyrics about how great the rapper is, and a steady progression towards a worthy ending. Props go out to Menace for his smooth production skills.
The lead single “Noon To Six” (Prod. By Jacob Lethal) is a great way for the talented Brandon Stoehr to introduce himself to his growing audience, although a bit slow in comparison to the other tracks on the album, it still does work well as a single. The production by Jacob Lethal is as flawless as the ones by every other producer that touched this album with their talented hands.
As Far As It Goes is a true gem of a rap album, expectedly self-centered, it is hard to fault Brandon Stoehr for focusing solely on himself, especially when this genre is saturated so deeply with this conceptual idea; that being said, I know that Brandon Stoehr will truly turn heads when he speaks for the crowd about more than the struggle to fame. Until then, he is going to be an artist to keep an eye out for, and this album is one you won’t want to pass up.