The Kid Daytona – Come Fly With Me


The Kid Daytona is one of NYC’s finest up and coming MCs. And if my co-sign doesn’t do enough for you, then peep the guest list from his new album Come Fly With Me. Bun B, 6th Sense, Double O, Amanda Diva, Outasight, Kardinal Offishall, Mickey Factz, and others comprise the veritable who’s who of current hip hop that hopped on the plane. Despite the all-star crew backing him up, Daytona definitely serves his duties as captain well, with his co-pilot 6th Sense (who produced 8 of the 14 tracks). Together they take us all on a sonic journey through a variety of sounds that is sure to entertain.

Reactions to the album after the listening party in NYC

6th Sense came through on this one. While Daytona is definitely in charge, it’s clear that 6th played a very large roll in shaping the sound of the album. He brings us into things on the intro (Just Fly), and he ends the album with a gigantic bang on the final track (Air Born). 6th definitely takes the prize for best production on those two. And in between he makes his presence known with a handful of beats that really show how wide a range of production styles 6th has mastered.

6th isn’t the only one who comes through with heat on the production tip. The Government lends a track (Air Jordan) that was originally intended for Harlem Cash [peep the video to see an explaination] with expertly programmed synth pads and a really full sound. Jet Audio comes through with a crazy party track sampling Chromeo’s Bonafide Loving (Twilight), complete with the Oh-Oh-Oh-Ooohs of the original. And Double-O of Kidz in the Hall contributes a track with an authentic old-school vibe and an incredible changeup that’s so smooth that it’ll leave you scratching your head if you’re not paying attention.

Onwards we move to the MCing… on the surface, it might seem that The Kid Daytona is all just cries of Ayeee! and references to Flor de Caña. And while there are some tracks that are straight up braggadocio, there are also some very real moments of introspection and insightfulness that cannot be overlooked. And that’s what makes Daytona so viable… he’s dynamic, and can move back and forth between styles with ease. And that’s what makes this album so great… It’s got a little something for everyone on every track.

There’s really only one complaint I have with the album. The Mike Maven featuring re-make of De La Soul’s classic “Eye Know” falls short of the mark. Maybe it’s because the original is so unfuckwittably classic that I can’t get past that. Or maybe it’s that the organic sounds of the original are so ingrained in my mind that I can’t even open it up to accept a re-make. Regardless, this is the only track that I just really wasn’t feeling. Otherwise, high marks across the board. I didn’t get into the guest spots, but trust that the contributions were definitely on point. The album is out tomorrow (June 30), make sure you pick that up [for free!].

-the judge

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