It took a long time to get a project from Quickfass Cass since he broke into the game in 2016. In the same class as Bigstar Johnson, Shane Eagle and Shabzi Madallion. Maybe a case of taking your time and not rushing work. Now a body of work from the punchline rapper is finally here for all to hear.
The album is titled Rookie of the Year and it starts off with an intro by the same name. The intro rocks a dope beat and Cass sounds good on the song. But it's hard not to notice the rapping has a lot of rough edges to it. Lines are just placed randomly for the sake of rhyming without coming together to tell anything cohesive. The finish is off, it has an amateur feel to it. Unfortunately this sets the scene for an album that shares the same qualities and suffers from the same downfalls.
You can tell Cass has a hunger to rap. He has a deep desire for the flashy life that comes with making it big in music – which he makes evident in all the songs on the album. His selection of beats is great for the Rookie of the Year Theme he went for. You get a feel for a night out in Vegas on the night of a big sporting event. The sound is a combination of those glorious Vegas beats and trap. And Cass switches between punchline raps, trap and Mafioso luxury raps. He keeps the 12-track project on the hard side of things, with Sabrina being the softest he gets.
Rookie of The Year does have some good songs and picks one can take away. First off, there’s Soudy Soudy II ft Emtee and Pro (R.I.P). Dope verses from Cass and Emtee. And it’s always good to hear from Pro, who never disappoints on the mic. They picked the right beat for the Pro feature. Nostalgic. On Sweet Dreams and Mafioso Cass fills the booth with confidence of a veteran. Well executed. Takeover was one of the singles dropped ahead of the album release. You can tell why. It’s hard as fuck. It sounds like Cass is sending some mean shots in Reece’s direction on there. There may be more picks depending on what you like.
Rain featuring Stogie T is a good song all in all. Yet it also feels like Cass didn’t give it his best. And that’s a big risk if you’re going to ask Stogie T to be on a joint. It sounds good, one of the better quality finishes on the album.
Cass has the right number of features on the album – the album feels like his. And a good blend of known names and unknown. PB$ comes in and does a great job with the hook on TBS - which is a hell of a jump.
Cass is a skilled rapper, no doubt. But here he was let down by production. From writing to putting together the finished product. It’s hard to find where he is shining like he’s supposed to. The project feels like it could’ve done with a lot more scrutiny before it hit the streets. It needed to
cook more. As is right now, it paints him as a rookie for real.