Souljahmusic - Intergroove
November 14, 2008

Track list
  1. Intro
  2. Na Und!
  3. It's On feat. Scola / Dru Hill
  4. Stress
  5. Es Tut Mir Leid
  6. Immer Noch
  7. Live Up feat. Rebellion The Recaller
  8. Backflash
  9. Gangsta
  10. Bruderbrief
  11. Teerinmeinadern feat. Specializtz
  12. Vermisst feat. Alex Prince
  13. Solution feat. Scola
  14. Ich Will
  15. Stolzer Vater feat. A.S.D.
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
The deepest voice of Germany D-Flame returns after taking another two year break following his great "FFM" album that followed two years after the great (but also heavily criticized) album "Unaufhaltsam" album. This time Frankfurt's most popular rapper combines all the musical styles he mastered in the past from soulful R&B to bouncing hip hop beats to dancehall and reggae riddims. After the nice "Intro" over DJ Yesta's scratches the album "Stress" - released on D-Flame's own Souljah Music - kicks off in typical lyrical D-Flame style addressing all haters over a wonderful grooving beat produced by Berlin's hip hop and R&B producers Beatgees followed by the great party combination "It's On" alongside Dru Hill's Scola over a catchy beat produced by Hamburg based Quincy Jefferson a.k.a. phreQuincy and the magnificent title track of this album "Stress" addressing the girlfriend refusing to take him as he is over a brilliant riddim laid and produced by Supersonic's remix and production wizard Jr. Blender.

The lyrical theme about accepting the other('s flaws) in a relationship continues in the melancholic strings driven "Es Tut Mir Leid" produced by Beatgees, before D-Flame expresses still being in love with Jamaica in the smashing "Immer Noch" over a great upful riddim by Sam Gilly and his House Of Riddim and then he is joined by Rebellion The Recaller for the excellent Beatgees produced piano-driven "Live Up!". Monroe produced the nice tribute to D-Flame's early days as a rapper "Backflash" followed by a very infectious danceable House of Riddim dancehall riddim backing the catchy (statement against wannabe) "Gangsta" and the heartfelt "Bruderbrief". Spezializtz join D-Flame for the relaxed R&B ganja tune "Teerinmeinenadern", also produced by Beatgees. Following are 2 great combinations produced by phreQuincy, "Vermisst" is a wonderful soulful melancholic combination with Alex Prince and "Solution" another excellent combination with Dru Hill's Scola.

The album closes with the fine Beatgees production "Ich Will", a moving love-gone-wrong but i've got to pick myself up tune followed by the last House of Riddim production, the magnificent combination with A.S.D. (i.e. Afrob & Samy Deluxe) "Stolzer Vater" that perfectly describes parental pride. Although "Stress" is like "FFM" an album with a more than fair share of hip hop and R&B it is a better album in my opinion and is at least as strong as "Unaufhaltsam". I do think the true standout tracks are apart from "Live Up!" and "Teerinmeinenadern" the reggae and dancehall tunes and must admit that I would love to hear a 100% reggae/dancehall album from D-Flame but his first release on his own Souljah Music (great name by the way) label surely impresses.