The sophomore release from producer/singer/songwriter Kevin Rudolf
opens with “I Made It,” a traditional “I made it” anthem that many rappers use to kick the door open. He’s got the style on lock, right down to the mentioning of his record label and his previous hit (“I told ya “Let It Rock”/And now money’s falling down from the sky”). From here, To the Sky
becomes a more dance-oriented album than expected, going through a few rotations of uptempo “made it” songs, beat-filled heartache songs, and party starters before closing with “Crashing Down,” a rainy day soul searcher that’s so ‘80s-flavored you could pass it off as Mister Mister
right after he went solo. Keeping things interesting is Rudolf
’s always dynamic production, his serviceable songwriting, and a guest list that calls upon Three 6 Mafia
for some much-appreciated sleaze, and Lil Wayne
for some much-needed wordplay.