Balla’s stint in prison (not to make light of the situation) served as a time-capsule to perfectly preserve him as a rapper from a different era.
Narco Life is the exact project you would hope for from Sky Balla post-incarceration.
He’s a veteran boxer coming off an extended lay-off. One who shook off all signs of ring-rust to come back with the composure, educated jab, and Ring IQ of a master boxer.
Surprisingly potent verse from Berner, here. I suppose one shouldn’t be surprised as Berner just released two great albums within the span of 12 months in Packs and Sleepwalkin’. The latter of which not only his best release to date, but easily one of my favorite albums this year.
In a year in which several great entertainers & athletes couldn’t escape their own mortality, it’s good to remember that Boosie, Gucci Mane, and Rich the Factor all touched down and made it home safely. Celebrate great ones while they’re alive. Rich The Factor is a 1st ballot hall-of-famer.
Whole 2nd Verse is crucial,
“…So I pray to God, hope to see better days
Now it’s 2 more kids dead from a couple strays
They never hit who they came for; They lame, Bro
Shoot scary & run, then call it a gang war”