Album Review

Rhawn B - Expensive Ignorance

Released July 1, 2015
Lisa Sanchez
‚ÄčI'm not a rapper; in fact, I am possibly one of the most rhythmically challenged people that exist in the known universe. Because of this fact, I'm willing to accept my dreams of hip-hop super stardom will most likely never come to fruition. Inglewood, California's Rhawn B does not have the same level of self-awareness. Most of the song's on the rapper's most recent release, Expensive Ignorance, sound like they're following a beat that is only comprehensible to people in a different dimension. Expensive Ignorance is perpetually off kilter, as if M.C. Escher was actually an emcee.
The album opens with its namesake, "Expensive Ignorance," which seems promising with its steady beat and dropped bass, but Rhawn B's lyrics and delivery just don't draw you in. His raps sound like an awkward conversation with a high school principal. "Ain't Gotta Question" has a stronger beat and rhythm, but it's never worth more than a cursory listen.
Although Rhawn B's skills aren't top notch, he still sounds less ridiculous than the people he has featured on songs like "Status Booming" featuring Rey Little and Wessy West, "Aligned" with T. Bailey, and "Vibe Right" featuring D. Real. These songs and features are so bad it makes me wonder if Rhawn B is just trying to make himself look better by comparison. By listening to these songs it sounds like these featured guys should be busy ruining their own albums by now. "Status Booming" is actually one of Rhawn B's stronger songs, but Wessy West is trying way too hard to be Lil Wayne with literally none of the skills. "Aligned" starts out like a danceable banger, but the writing tanks about halfway through and makes it unsalvageable. Admittedly, I find it simply lazy to craft songs around a man's dick size and his ability to make a variety of women beg for it. Save that shit for your locker room stories, dude. It's not helping your music career and is the main reason these songs become literal eye rollers.
There are a number of songs I want to like. I made a real effort to enjoy them and they have real positive attributes. "See It, Want It" and "Stay in My Zone" are some of those songs that take off well, then land like a lead balloon. Rhawn B's lacking is a combination of his less-than-experienced delivery, lame rhymes, and basic beats. There is some promise on Expensive Ignorance including the album's last song, "Perfect Potion," which opens with undulating effects and heavy bass and is one of the few songs where Rhawn B keeps focus on the beat. Unfortunately, it doesn't make the album worth any level of the attention.