Dawn Raid/Dirty Records/Duck Down Music
Right from the intro – and we’re talking about the first 30 seconds (a track called Gratitude Intro) – it’s apparent that P-Money is back on form, harking back to those first two records particularly.
I still remember the first time I heard the opening intro track to his debut; any time P-Money has let me down since, and I thought the last album a cynical bid for the pop charts and a disaster, I go back to that first track from that first album. In 30 seconds I knew P-Money had talent. I believed him. I wanted to go on the journey with him.
And that’s the case for the opening track from Gratitude – the best thing P-Money has offered since his debut.
The album is a thank-you to America, the American market, for opening its arms to Money and he doesn’t disappoint, showing connections have been made with big players (Talib Kweli). But hey, just as often it’s the home-grown talent that knocks it out of the park. Particularly Aaradhna – who has really come of age/is really on a roll these last two years. She’s all class.
The frustration I’ve had with P-Money’s albums – after Big Things and the instrumentals particularly – is that it’s so very clear he has skills and talent, as both a producer/beat-maker and a talent-spotter. And the pursuit of the pop chart has seen him dumb it all down in a gross misrepresentation/underestimation of his own talent/skills.
But this album suggests he’s back.
I also love that it’s a short album – under 40 minutes. The curse of hip-hop has been embarrassingly long albums with redundant stoned-chuckle skits and unnecessary tough-talk. In keeping this lean, sticking just to the truth of each song, allowing great pop hooks to attach themselves to the street-soul of it, P-Money has in fact given another good run at the pop charts I should think. Or at the least something that R’n’B/hip-hop fans will latch on to. He should be proud of his best album in over a decade, possibly his best ever and proof of his talent where at other times he’s been coasting and boasting without actually delivering.