Every once in awhile we run into a collaboration effort that is completely innovative and next-level. This is one of those rare moments. Comprised of songwriter/producer Kel Anderson (Mr. Anderson) and rising rapper Tone Da Boss, 8-track juggernaut ‘Finally’ is a prominent collaboration and collective project that pushes the boundaries of innovation while still embracing those very crucial musical angles that made Hip Hop the evolving genre it is today. It’s a record that dares to be different, but really knows how to balance its originality and familiarity in a way that can easily appease any Hip Hop fan and even recruit some new ones who may (or may not) have been accustomed to the versatile world of the genre.
And that’s what makes ‘Finally’ the gem it really is – it diligently combines all of these crucial angles by eclectically constructing an original catalogue of tracks that effectively showcase both collaborators all while meshing together the same elements to blend it into something dynamic and wholesome. It’s the best of many worlds brought together by two evolving artists that have the same affection for passion. Mr. Anderson boastfully compiles each track from scratch with his distinctive beat structures and a multifaceted writing style that regularly conjures up many different textures as the album plays out. Opening title track “Finally” (feat. Alisabeth von Presley & Krayzie Bone) really touches on this structure and really comes out swinging on this record from start to finish. Tone Da Boss lays down some clever bars with his distinctively charismatic vocal style that brilliantly dances between subtlety and lyrical outbursts. Feature artist Alisabeth von Presley serves up very strong melody choices in the choruses and really adds a layer of atmosphere that gives this song a soulful aura. Krayzie Bone (most known from prominent 90s group Bone Thugz N Harmony) delivers a fresh flow during his verse that is well recognized among his work with Bone Thugz. His fast and driven vocal style lends an additional energy factor to the song which gives the ominously haunting and melodic beat a dynamically visceral edge. Overall, this track sets the tone for the rest of the album and will easily get every listener to invest into the rest of what’s to come.
Another notable song is “Put Me In The Ground”, which is undoubtedly one of the catchiest tracks on the record. Tone Da Boss straight up kills it on this banger and really enhances the listening experience with the chant-worthy chorus. Mr. Anderson also shines very brightly on this track, bringing forth another atmospheric beat that brilliantly parallels Tone’s vocal delivery in a way that is effective and innovative. One more song that needs a mention is “Midwest Hyphy”, a more upbeat track with Tone Da Boss utilizing several different voices and vocal projections. This track bumps and grinds with another crafty beat structure with Mr. Anderson at the helm of its fruition. These are some of the most clever measures on the album and really puts a crucial spotlight onto Tone Da Boss’s ability as a rapper. Both collaborators on this song are at the top of their game and their ability to showcase that is made very apparent. Overall, ‘Finally’ covers more ground in 8 songs than most other artists do in their entire discography. There’s no gimmicks, no sense of rushing and Mr. Anderson’s attentiveness to detail is strongly evident throughout the album’s duration while Tone Da Boss just comes out swinging with every bar and hook he conjures.
If this is your first time hearing either one of these artists, then this gem will entice you to dive deep into both of their careers. ‘Finally’ captures the authenticity and artistic merit that every artist should have at some point in their career, but Mr. Anderson and Tone Da Boss would be a ridiculously tough act to follow if you were to go against them in that regard. They also happened to obtain it in a way that is not only innovative, but next-level altogether. This is an album you would be foolish to sleep on. You can get your copy now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms.