The case of California’s Buddy is a complicated one. He first started off working with Pharrell for some time, but nothing much came of that relationship that stuck musically. Now signed to RCA, Buddy has been working exceptionally hard for the past few years. In 2017 he released two short EPs, Magnolia and Ocean & Montana. Both EP’s showed a more focused and mature Buddy, and that’s probably what led to the release of his new album, Harlan & Alondra.
From the first song, “Real Life S**t,” Buddy is captivating. You can tell he’s done a lot to get to where he’s at right now and bumped his head many times before getting to this point of releasing a proper debut album. The next song is rooted in that same struggle and he brings along Guapdad 4000 who lends a great verse as well.
Over the course of the rest album, Buddy goes all out. There’s a crazy Outkast Interpolation (“Young”), flawless production from Terrace Martin (“The Blue”,) an amazing Ty Dolla $ign feature (“Hey Up There”), and Buddy blending rap and singing beautifully. Personally, Harlan & Alondra is a shoe-in for top 5 albums of the year because he delivered an amazing piece of work.
You be the judge above.