The day is finally here! In the wee hours of the morning, B3nchMarQ dropped off their debut album, We Had Hope, to the world after months of preparation and endless recording sessions. The duo officially revealed their album release date using the title track which also made it into the seventeen-track body of work. Other familiar songs include the heartwarming Baby Girl as well as Wifey and Big Man Ting, which also found life in J Smash's project, Rise Of A King.
For a debut album, you can definitely expect an impressive display of musical talent and the guys truly brought their A-game. The album opener, Left The City as well as another track titled Broke, journeys us through both Tkay and Pjay's stories about leaving home, the vulnerability that came with it, and struggling to make ends meet. Much like their past label, the duo shows how ambitious they are in their quest for the riches, that's the narrative in tracks like Gang Gang, Bad Moolah, the nostalgic Keys and later, Very Close.
You know the saying, "Eat with the ones you starved with?" That's what Late Night portrays as B3nchMarQ talk about "counting digits with the missus." The moment Bando Life starts to play, you'll find that it stands out from the project. With assistance from 3TWO1, the trio bring a bouncy vibe as they reference life in the trap. They later move to a topic familiar to many, the blesser and blessee conundrum. A lot of people tend to joke around about this issue but B3nchMarQ make it a point to highlight the troubles that come with it.
Unlike what I previously expected with the title, Fashion is most definitely not about wearing designer threads and flexing, quite a misleading title. The guys reference how while other people keep up with fashion trying to look dope, the duo work on their passion for making music. Since most people are in pay-day mode this weekend, Cashin' Out is definitely something to jump to as you celebrate your latest cheque, ereng debit order mo ngwaneng? Another favourite, Victory Lap, is that arrogant, "You can't touch me," unf%*withable type of song. Here they reference their label issues, constant criticism, and having to swat haters like flies, pow! WHH sounds great, can't lie. If you've been following the B3nchMarQ journey from their past, you can agree that the sound has enhanced, a job well done!