Ugly Duckling is a group that we here at 4080 have covered before. In fact, I even went so far as to say this:
Ugly Duckling is one of the the dopest hip hop groups around. They definitely don’t get anywhere near enough credit, often being disregarded as “silly”. As three dudes from Long Beach who definitely don’t take themselves too seriously, I think they’re exactly what hip hop needs to appeal to a wider audience.
With all of that still being said, I must say with some trepdiation that the new UD album Audacity is not nearly as good as I hoped it would be.
For the most part, UD struggles to find good balance between the stellar production of Young Einstein and the lyrical styles of the emcees Andy Cat and Dizzy. In previous albums, no matter how weird a concept they get into (Look up the whole Taste The Secret album), they still pull it off.
Not in this case.
They struggle and often fail in their quest to find this perfect balance. However, it’s not all bad. The track Falling Again is really reminiscent of their earlier days, and I won’t Let it Die is pretty good too. I think without those two tracks, the album would be a flop. Einstein Do It is a traditional scratch demonstration by Young Einstein so there’s definitely some old-school credit to it. But it’s still not overly original. Worse still, It Never Mattered is a cluttered track where the flow just never seems to find its balance.
But thats just my opinion, check out some samples of the tracks here and it may change your mind.