Shaya - Fallen Awake

When you hear Shaya on, ‘Fallen Awake’ you don’t immediately think ‘the west’ in fact if it weren’t for mentions throughout his music about the left coast you probably wouldn’t figure the golden state at all. This album starts on a pretty high note. Production is respectable and lyrically Shaya is pretty tight at moments assuming the stance of a modern day Rakim in terms of style, delivery and conviction. Content for the most part covers a lot of ground in building an image of responsible male taking care of business but then there’s, ‘Take A Ride’, pump the breaks, a screeching halt...WTF! Balance maybe?