Raz Simone released his eighth studio album on 8/8/2018. The project is entitled “Drive Theory,” and it’s a master class in gangster rap. Drive Theory is a psychology term that attempts to define an individual’s psychological drive, according to Wikipedia. This album title follows Simone’s previous theme of using psychological terms to reflect messages in his music. “Drive Theory” follows the gangster-psychology theme set by “Cognitive Dissonance” and “Cognitive Dissonance: Part Two.”
Simone’s latest project takes the listener down a completely different journey compared to his previous album, “Closer,” which was only eight songs with four guest features. This album is a full length 12 song project with only three guest features. This album features Simone’s penchant for storytelling and puts the focus on anecdotes about drug dealing, gangster activities, and hardships from his personal life.
This album showcases different types of gangster rap sounds. From somber and dark records like “Just Begun” and “Hatred” that features Simone’s slow and raspy delivery; to higher tempo west coast inspired tracks like “Lock and Load” feat. Troy Ave. “Lock and Load” takes me back to listening to 50 Cent and G-Unit CDs through my walkman on the school bus.
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