Moses Uvere is a rather unique case, especially in hip-hop. (He’s passionate about what he does, probably to a fault.)
Uvere got his start in Dallas, but deep down inside, what makes him unique is his background and lineage — is family is from Nigeria, and he’s the first in his family to be born in America. His flow matches where he’s from. Deep, heavy hitting beats like the one on “So Much To Lose” stand out, with his fast-witted lyricism matching the speed of the track.
The place where Moses seems to lack is the hooks. Most hip-hop hooks are the epitome of easy-to-remember, and his are no different. Alas, this leads to monotony in each track, and songs like “Let The Beat Knock” really consist of, well, letting the beat knock. Over. And over.
Fortunately, some of Moses’s life stories within the album of Never Been Better really cater to the personal side and those make up for the lackluster tracks. A heavy track like “City Life” really works well for his deep flow, and a simplistic beat works well for the party track with “We Ready (Dallas),” making up for the hook. The beats are rather impressive as well (some people are calling it “post-dubstep”) and really shine on other cuts like “Night After Night.”
Overall, Moses’s third full-length finds him hitting his stride, telling real stories about his life and his faith. Deciding to name the record Never Been Better was a great idea; he truly hasn’t released anything this good.