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Kado Barlartier - Alive At A Wake (Album Review)

A lot of Hip Hop Heads complain that the game is missing bars. I personally miss the art of storytelling and conceptual albums that tie together from beginning to end.

Kado Barlartier, once known as Ricky Gramz, has been working relentlessly this entire year to lay the notorious Ricky Gramz name to rest. 

Kado is only 26 and has more life experience than people twice his age, which is played out perfectly throughout the album. Kado was born in the feds, beat the feds and now is able to have a second chance to make everything right and blessed to be "Alive At A Wake". 

The album opens with "Radio Play" which equates to the opening credits to the Motion Picture album. Within the first minute we get glimpses into the internal battles Kado has with his demons.

"No Arguing" is the spirit of Ricky Gramz, front and center. Kadalak Jones assists on the hook and makes it clear, "We shooting, ain't no arguing."

"Helikopters", the lead single, see's Kado going from menace to Top Dog. Feds tapping, snitches talking and enough ammunition to go Chopper for Chopper with anyone. 

Almost every run in history you either get taken down or taken out but on "Ressurection" Kado does the dirty work himself and offs Ricky Gramz. But we all know it's hard to shake demons that live within.

"Spin The Block" may be the most commercial sounding record on the project but we get another glimpse into the dark, twisted mind of Kado reminding you that the General has soldiers ready to ride even though Kado shines when he reminds us that he doesn't need help and "West Banging" is a statement of just that. The record serves almost as an interlude as we really begin to hear Kado blossom. 

In life, your reputation precedes you and once you realize that you can move differently and not have to worry about always proving your gangsta. "Style" is Kado's "A-Ha" moment and we hear him flex about everything we missed this album so far. 

"Shooters Die", one of the albums most perfectly crafted records, reminds us that even the shooters die in the end no matter how hard you ride, which makes it most beneficial to be the "Gun Man". 

So far, we've met Ricky and Kado, now we get a quick introduction to the sickest of them of all for a brief second. "Hundred Round Kado" finds nothing more joyous than supplying and being in the presence of heavy artillery. But remember those Feds in the "Helikopters"? They quickly can turn the fun into darkness.

When you reach a certain point in the game all you know is "Red Lasers and Fed Cases" and you begin to question the risks versus rewards more and it can either make you or break you. Are those hundred rounds worth a hundred years? Does beating the Feds matter when your out and none of your Day Ones are alive to celebrate with you?

"We Made It" is a somber, yet celebratory record that paints that picture flawlessly. With the feds behind him and Ricky Gramz resting in peace, Kado is left alone with his thoughts.

"Everyday", my favorite record, is the perfect way to end the album. We hear Kado introspectively battling between legitimately securing a future for his daughter and having the streets are his fingertips.

Throughout the 12 records we get every emotion, every high and low, every win and loss cohesively orchestrated almost as if the story was written and scripted. 

However, this project is the autobiography of Kado Barlatier in real life to this point which makes me appreciate the music even more. 99% of people with the same story end up dead or jail and Kado has beat the odds and continues to grow musically with every release.

"Alive At A Wake" is exactly what Hip Hop needs and has been missing, an album that speaks to you on visual level as it unfolds.


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