Man On a M.I.S.S.I.O.N. is a new album from Buffalo, NY-based hip hop artist, Kobra Man. You get the idea this is something classic right away with the first track, Basic Instinct. The piano-driven back beat is exquisite and gives the music an almost vintage feel, while the overall ambiance is haunting and hypnotic. Kobra Man’s delivery style is conversational and reflective. It’s like listening to a contemplative monologue or storytelling session. He has a naturally charismatic and attention-commanding flow, and his voice occasionally builds in intensity, corresponding with the climactic points of the songs.
One of my favorite tracks on here is the no-nonsense jam, Fully Equipped. The minimalist beat is balanced by some rather creative vocal effects and a lively performance. Kobra Man playfully incorporates animalistic metaphors to emphasize his ferocity and go-getter attitude. Man On a M.I.S.S.I.O.N. is stylish and original. The title turns out to be very appropriate, as the mixtape remains thematically and artistically consistent throughout. It’s the work of a determined man who knows what he is going for and sticks to the plan.
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