Brooklyn emcee Pearl Harba had something cooking in the works and presented us with his second full length project, ‘Hold On’. Your ears will be blessed with catchy, quality boom bap filled bangers. Although it’s officially fall season, the album also has a positive vibe to it and was mellow enough where I could see it being played at a summer barbecue or a get together. He keeps it street, but in a manner that’s mature and not overly aggressive.
Buy/Stream ‘Hold On’ — Available now on all digital streaming platforms
This album has some guest vocals on tracks like “Don’t Be Mad” and “Overtime” — 2 favorites that featured Breana Marin who sang beautifully. Herstory was featured on the “Overtime” joint as well. “Da Paper” was another dope track which had a Notorious B.I.G. sample from “Dead Wrong”. “Da Real 1z” featuring Lil Fame of M.O.P. was another favorite and had a catchy piano rift that I loved.
My most favorite track on here was “The Most Beautiful” featuring Napoleon Da Legend and Innocent?, and samples Keith Murray’s “The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World”. They were spitting deep rhymes about life’s obstacles and moving forward in a positive manner:
“Ayatollah, beauty’s in the eye of the beholder/Our minds change in time, we’re all slightly bipolar/Without the proper diagnosis full the truth with osmosis/Communicate with the source like god did with Moses and it’s beautiful” — Napoleon Da Legend
Very vivid with the storytelling on “One Night”, PH isn’t afraid to speak on emotions without being too sappy. I think a lot of people can relate to what he’s saying:
“Now I’m hangin every night poppin bottles with friends/Even though I might be happy, I tend to pretend/Drown my sorrow with sins, keep my feelings within/It’s like liquor has fins, inside my liver it swims/Never finding love in all the pain that it brings/Develop me a fetish for extravagant things”
I dig the street poet vibe Pearl Harba has, sharing his life journey and keys to success, which I find very motivating and encouraging. I loved the cover of the album which is very old school as well, an animated picture of Adidas, Jordan 1’s and a pair of Timbs hanging on a telephone wire. Harba’s always about progression from past situations and experiences, explaining how he made it to where he is today. He doesn’t pretend to be someone he’s not, and instead, shares knowledge of how to get where you need to be if you really want it. Definitely something worth checking out, especially if you like the more old school Hip Hop sound.
Again, ‘Hold On’ is available now on all digital streaming platforms.