A.O. C.entral C.ommand is giving a new meaning to hip hop with the latest album “Episode 4: Operation Blackbox.” What we love most about A.O. C.entral C.ommand’s creation of his music is the way he's able to take his listeners on a journey. As if you’re watching a series unfold, A.O. C.entral C.ommand numbers each album with "Episode_" giving a creative and unique branding to his music.
"Episode 4: Operation Blackbox" was a dynamic take on rap music. The opening tracks impressed us with “Coward With Power” and “Illegal To Be Black”. Both of these songs stood out to us in the introductory portion of the album. The lyricism behind both of these songs was powerful. The songwriting approach that A.O. C.entral C.ommand took in the first five tracks had us thinking that he's a bold and strong lyricist. He spoke on various topics within the first 5 tracks on his 15 track album which gave you a glimpse of what this project will be about.
The opener of an album is always important to the listener. It’s the initial impression and is what will help the listener decide if they want to continue listening. You embark on the middle section of the album, filled with even more powerful messages that had us mesmerized. After listening to the track titled “Victim Of The School System” we had to self-reflect on our own life. “Victim Of The School System” is so thought-provoking and the delivery was so raw that you felt as if A.O. C.entral C.ommand was speaking directly to you. This was a great element to the album and was arranged perfectly. Another component of the album we noted was how A.O. C.entral C.ommand showcased a more diverse side. How? He gave us a melodic vocal arrangement in the song “Damsel In Distress” while keeping the style of the album still in-tact. He delivers hard-hitting lyrics but with a lo-fi smooth jazz melody to the production.
“Destination Destiny” was a love bop single with lush elements in the instrumentation and retro dance-pop being showcased while A.O. C.entral C.ommand still gives us a clean rap flow. After showcasing multiple dimensions to his artistry in the middle section of the album, A.O. C.entral C.ommand ends the project off. Closing songs like “Hidden Objective: The Distance” you felt that hard-hitting underground rap that you were searching. A.O. C.entral C.ommand doesn’t hold back. He gives tough bars, intense lyrics, and diverse arrangements with each song on this album, making him a unique artist who knows how to strategically conduct a storyline through music. Will there be an Episode 5? We can't wait to find out!
Listen to "Episode 4: Operation Blackbox" by A.O. C.entral C.ommand here.