If Cardo’s sound is one that excites you, save yourself the time of tolerating Gerald Walker’s raps and go straight for the his solo instrumental drop from Fools Gold – Everything I$ Gold.
Building his reputation off a number of contributions to Wiz Khalifa’s pre “Black & Yellow” catalog, Cardo has always kept it spacy and synthy – perfect for your mind to take flight to. Being totally honest, outside of his work with Wiz I’ve never really paid close attention to his placements. Occasionally I notice his name drop at the start of some random rappers track.
For this instrumental project you get exactly what you expect. Perfect grooves to cruise around the city with on a warm summer night. Preferably along some water with a pretty young thing in the passenger seat. Feeling like a good time is inevitable as Everything I$ Gold plays on. It’s funky and perfectly in tune with the likes of Onra, Dam Funk and Hudson Mohawke yet not biting any of their styles, fitting in smoothly with a hiphop bent that provides the edge needed to see the right emcee master these.
As I mentioned in my opening sentence, Gerald Walker is not such an emcee. He and Cardo have teamed up for a follow up to what I guess was a previous pairing. It never crossed my ears and I’m sad this one did. I peeped it off the strength of Everything I$ Gold. While Cardo isn’t sluffing per se, it’s really just a boring affair. Walker sounds like a knockoff J. Cole – who is already damn near intolerable. To top it off, the project credited to both is only half produced by Cardo. Enough of my Mad Rapper hate, don’t fuck with Gerald Walker.