C-Styles is a Chicago rapper here with his latest release Eventually. This fourteen-track album rides the line between pop rap and more lyrical factions of hip hop, kind of like if Lupe Fiasco just kept making Lasers. C-Styles has a more diverse style than your typical pop rapper, but Eventually has a noticeable lack of killer and a strong surplus of filler.
Eventually kicks off with “The Change Up,” the shortest but arguably, most interesting tune on the album. The beat is fun and upbeat and C-Styles’ shift in flow half way through is a welcome change of pace. “Come N Go,” is another standout track, with a more aggressive side of the rapper poking through. I’ve been struggling to come up with what my favourite song on Eventually is, but I’d have to say that “SportsCenter” is his most impressive. C-Styles uses a similar flow throughout the whole song, but he’s got a great handle on it. The biggest highlight of the track is his singing in the chorus. Sure, there’s singing throughout other songs on Eventually, but it’s almost always drowning in autotune. The unaltered singing on “SportsCenter,” may not be the smoothest, but it gives the song a lot of character.
The biggest knock against C-Styles is that he can come across as boring. Some lowlights on Eventually include tunes like “And You Know What’s Up” or “If I Die Tomorrow – Pt. 2.” Both songs feature some pretty unmemorable hooks and simply aren’t interesting enough to carry their respective four(ish)-minute runtimes. The worst offender, at least for me, is the closing track, “They Hatin’.” Lyrically, it’s a fairly typical brag rap tune that’s lacking any clever punchlines to back itself up. Musically, I cannot get past the autotune abuse on this thing. Given how much stronger C-Styles has been on the rest of Eventually, this is just a bummer note to end on.
Eventually is a fine album, but that’s about the highest praise I can give it. C-Styles’ low-energy vibe is cool at first, but he’s not doing a lot to keep my interest for forty-five minutes. There are some standout tracks on this album, and he’s got more to offer than a lot of typical pop rappers, but it felt like a chunk of this album was written on autopilot.
Written by Justin Bruce
*Edited by Anna Della Zazzera