Baltimore artist Haz2Real (an artist who had one of my top albums of 2018) hit my line this past weekend with his latest project, due out August 9th. I was blessed with an advanced copy of the project and I’m here to tell you that it’s good shit. Clocking in at eleven tracks, Twan (f/k/a 4Ever Twan) is a tribute to a lost loved one and features Haz flowing his ass off, if we’re keeping it blunt and simple. That could be the end of this preview and I could slap a support dope music tagline and be done. However, SpeedontheBeat.com prides itself on letting readers know more about the why and the who. With that in mind, let’s talk a bit more about 4Ever Twan.
Flow-wise, Haz here reminds me of DaBaby in that he’s confident as hell with everything he’s putting down. Be it success-flavored rappity-rap, slower flows about smoking to relieve the stresses (such as “Designer” featuring ISH) or introspective bars, the project grabs you by the neck, forces your ear to the speaker, and turns the volume up. I had the “damn” face on throughout the project. Between the beats and the hard flows, it held my attention and made me want more. It’s one to look out for, for sure. However, even with my comparison to DaBaby, Haz is distinctly a Baltimorean. And because of that, it has that Baltimore hip-hop element that sounds as abrasive and grizzled as it does melodic.
One other thing that helps this project stand out is that Haz’s also talented with the hook game. Some rappers excel with hooks, some excel with bars, some others excel at flows. On 4Ever Twan, Haz gives us all three. Each track flows from intro to end, held up by strong choruses. They’re radio-friendly enough that you can mix them into any playlist, but still distinct enough that they stand on their own. Another thing that I love about this project is that the songs are of decent lengths. There aren’t any ten-minute interludes, but songs clock in at around three minutes each, which gives the tracks ample to grow and breathe.
August 9th is Twan Day for Haz. Let’s support dope music in all its forms and check out 4Ever Twan when it officially drops. It’s got, for what it’s worth, the speedonthebeat.com stamp of approval.