Tri-Cities based MC/producer C. Ray has graced us with another collection of hits in the form of Raydiation¸ the independent MC’s most recent release and second album of 2020 (after Rhodes). Raydiation is a celebration of independence over anything else. C. Ray lets us know that his clout, skills, and success have all come to him of his own volition. Independent of any label, master, or God in no uncertain terms. While a scary prospect for some artists, C. Ray dives right into the deep end and delivers an eclectic mix of tracks on this new release.
While the entire project is fantastic, it really starts to pick up after the first couple of tracks. As we discussed earlier right here on RTM, “Lethal” is just great. It comes out of nowhere with a ska/reggae-inspired beat before getting straight into a heavily autotuned intro from C. Ray (Kanye autotune, as opposed to T-Pain autotune (there’s a difference (no, really))). C. Ray’s delivery after the intro is spitfire, in your face, and he starts to adapt what sounds like a Jamaican patois, but not quite. Lethal is just different enough to stand out from the rest of the album without totally clashing with the overall sound.