Trek Life - Everything Changed Nothing

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It's not that Trek Life is a bad rapper, it's more that he does nothing on Everything Changed Nothing to make him stand out. In fact, from the break it feels as if Oddisee's beats are overpowering him.

Fans of either Diamond District or Trek Life would recall the European tour they did together, so for those in the know, a collaborative effort between Trek Life and Diamond District’s Oddisee should be no surprise. The DMV producer has provided the California lyricist with twelve tracks of skillful production to give a new flavor to Trek’s west coast bars on Everything Changed Nothing.

An important aspect of any cohesive project is balance, and that may be the biggest drawback of the bi-coastal LP. Oddisee’s talent is undeniable, and he dishes out melodically bass and synth heavy, Funk-inspired beats with dashes of J. Dilla and Kanye West influences from start to finish. It brings together the D.C. area’s penchant for funk-derived Go-Go and the west coast’s love of taking the same influences and relaying them in a more chill, relaxed manner. The connection is subtle yet present, and is executed with skill. However, for most of the album it feels as if Trek’s rhymes just can’t stand up to Oddisee’s instrumentals.


It’s not that Trek Life is a bad rapper, it’s more that he does nothing on Everything Changed Nothing to make him stand out. In fact, from the break it feels as if Oddisee’s beats are overpowering him, as evidenced on the opening feel-good track, “Ready to Live” featuring fellow DMV resident Olivier Daysoul. And although on “Might Sound Crazy” Trek exercises some of his rapper A-Life best rhymes on the LP, he still doesn’t manage to live up to his own ego-maniacal dreams when he informs his audience that Hip Hop isn’t divided in classes/ either you get your ass kicked, or you kick asses / But this is my personal philosophy / On my journey toward a lyrical monopoly.” And Trek A-Life is correct in stating, as the hook eases in and continues the sentence, “and I know this might seem crazy to you.”

Where some Hip Hop albums are saved from mediocrity with standout features, Everything Changed Nothing also seems to fail. Both Olivier Daysoul and DJ Buddy make frequent guest appearances, however neither add anything too beneficial to the project. Daysoul’s voice is decent, but not amazing, and DJ Buddy’s cuts and scratch hooks leave a lot to be desired.

High points come in the form of the title track and “Wow,” the latter being a story of a drunken encounter at a club with a lovely lady over one of Oddisee’s funkier offerings on the LP. A large chunk of the album is also dedicated to odes to California, as the listener will see in “Still Never Rains” (the posse cut of the lineup), “Due West,” and “So L.A.”

While Californians will embrace Trek Life’s constant references to the golden state, out-of-towners most likely won’t relate, and his rhyming probably won’t keep them coming back for more. For someone with a resume like his, which included a single being placed by ESPN on the NBA Finals highlights and work with Evidence, DJ Rhettmatic, and DJ Khalil, it just seemed like the LP should lyrically be more substantial. Thankfully, Oddisee provides a high quality sound that keeps this album easy on the ears, regardless of its shortcomings.

90 Comments

  • collegegraduate

    This is the only review I ever read from Hip Hop DX and who ever let this review get posted should be fired. This post isn't fair to the artists or Hip Hop DX. This post makes everyone look bad. You have taken time to cross out some errors but have not corrected all errors. It is not A-Life, it is A-LIVE as in Audio Live. How could you post this error ridden review and still stand behind it? I'm bumping this album right now and it sounds sick!

  • collegegraduate

    This is the only review I ever read from Hip Hop DX and who ever let this review get posted should be fired. This post isn't fair to the artists or Hip Hop DX. This post makes everyone look bad. You have taken time to cross out some errors but have not corrected all errors. It is not A-Life, it is A-LIVE as in Audio Live. How could you post this error ridden review and still stand behind it? Bump this album is at Trek Life's bandcamp page.

  • collegegraduate

    This is the only review I ever read from Hip Hop DX and who ever let this review get posted should be fired. This post isn't fair to the artists or Hip Hop DX. This post makes everyone look bad. You have taken time to cross out some errors but have not corrected all errors. It is not A-Life, it is A-LIVE as in Audio Live. How could you post this error ridden review and still stand behind it? Listen how dope this album is at Trek Life's bandcamp page.

  • collegegraduate

    This is the only review I ever read from Hip Hop DX and who ever let this review get posted should be fired. This post isn't fair to the artists or Hip Hop DX. This post makes everyone look bad. You have taken time to cross out some errors but have not corrected all errors. It is not A-Life, it is A-LIVE as in Audio Live. How could you post this error ridden review and still stand behind it? Listen how dope this album is here: treklife.bandcamp

  • collegegraduate

    This is the only review I ever read from Hip Hop DX and who ever let this review get posted should be fired. This post isn't fair to the artists or Hip Hop DX. This post makes everyone look bad. You have taken time to cross out some errors but have not corrected all errors. It is not A-Life, it is A-LIVE as in Audio Live. How could you post this error ridden review and still stand behind it? Listen how dope this album is here: treklife.bandcamp. com

  • collegegraduate

    This is the only review I ever read from Hip Hop DX and who ever let this review get posted should be fired. This post isn't fair to the artists or Hip Hop DX. This post makes everyone look bad. You have taken time to cross out some errors but have not corrected all errors. It is not A-Life, it is A-LIVE as in Audio Live. How could you post this error ridden review and still stand behind it? Listen how dope this album is here: http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp. com/album/everything-changed-nothing-2

  • collegegraduate

    This is the only review I ever read from Hip Hop DX and who ever let this review get posted should be fired. This post isn't fair to the artists or Hip Hop DX. This post makes everyone look bad. You have taken time to cross out some errors but have not corrected all errors. It is not A-Life, it is A-LIVE as in Audio Live. How could you post this error ridden review and still stand behind it? Listen how dope this album is here: http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/everything-changed-nothing-2

  • TM

    Obviously this reviewer didn't bother to listen to the record. Because, she obviously didn't bother to check her grammar either when she had to correct herself. And although on “Might Sound Crazy”...rapper A-Life best rhymes on the LP, This is the first review that pops up when you search for Everything Changed Nothing? That's just shameful.

  • LOST765ANGEL

    WOW.. If this isnt a bashing on Trek Lifes skills than i dont know what a bashing is.. Im sorry but personally I thought this was a dope album PERIOD.. In fact its one of my favorites.. Maybe its because im born and raised Los Angelino but I was feeling every track on this album, Lyrics and all.. These beats do not over power his rhyme skill.. Im already on the look out for anything he drops!

  • J-Mart

    This album is sonically amazing, if you don't like this it's because you want black people to make shitty cookie cutter beats and you want them to rap like dumb monkey slaves. The bitch that reviewed this hates black people.

  • Jarron E. Clark

    EVERYTHING CHANGED NOTHING IS A DOPE ALBUM, SORRY AMANDA, UR SLEEPING........

  • ysenoj

    thought this album was really good 4/5

  • Geeked

    Adjust yo eardrums - this shit is FRESH The Vibrations is Good.

  • Therealrickross11

    Damn this review is way off , this album is bumpin super hard with the beats and the rhymes make sense . dope album

  • jason jamison

    great project, with some real classics, I was feeling that Jump Out There track.

  • Divine1-2

    This album is pretty solid in my opinion. I agree with most of the comments here. I don't understand, if a writer has negative feedback for an album review, why post a review on that album? I've seen better reviews from worse albums, EASILY! *Peoples, don't album reviews from "writers" influence your decision to support the album. This album's tight... Divine, PEACE!

  • thatoneguy

    the lady that reviewed the album couldnt even tell the difference between Trek and A-Life, thats why that shit is crossed out. Oddisee called her out onTwitter about it...how much time did she spend listening to the album before giving her review?

  • ea

    hey you review writing BITCH stop hating fucking retarded this record sounds good... whatts this guys problem you wanna make personally sure this guy doesnt sell??

  • Trek Life Fan

    Just got this album digitally. It's amazing. One song that really gets me was "Due West," where he explains the migration of black people over and around the United States. This is education. In this current day of popular "Hip Hop" acts (and I'm not counting the radio) talk about how cool they are or how dope their flows are or how cool their bicycle is or acting all throwback like they got a pager, Trek shows what it's like to be a normal everyday human being that holds to his convictions. He just happens to rap about it... and raps about it well.

  • MegaLo Martin

    this is a fresh project - the sound is wholly original. seems like a polarizing project for many, but to me the beats were banging and the lyrics are tight. 4.5 stars

  • Kay W

    give this dude some good beats and he might be somehting , no ofence but hip hop is lyrics , flow and beats

  • DJ Middle West

    very solid production and nice lyrics.

  • Melodious fOnk

    Addicted to good times, but thankful for bad ones Because I really never knew good 'til I had none Trek Life got lyrics by the boatload.

  • Franklin Armstrong

    Very solid project from two very talented brotha's. keep it up!

  • bama skolled you

    Fire fire, period. If u aint likin i'd rather be, so supreme, might sound crazy, jump out there, or as the world turns - u just aint built for emcees and undaground - stay commercial souf if it u, but if u dig raw rhymes and artful allusions -dis dat shit. BAAAM!!!

  • Charles Chase

    Hmmm....my rating didn't show and I need to be counted XXXXX

  • Charles Chase

    Taken aback by this review and some of the choice comments. Reviewer must have a persnal grudge cause this album was the ish for real. Nice beats true enough but the real shine was Trek Life. Time for the airwaves for this brotha because his lyrics are FIYA! Keep doin' ya thang Trek!

  • melloman

    biased as fonk, but i love the project - Trek is on point.

  • WONT COSIGN GARBAGE

    THIS GUY IS WACK, I WONT COSIGN HIS GARBAGE....TOO MUCH FILLER AND HIS RHYMES ARE JUST WEAK, HE NEEDS TO FIND ANOTHER JOB. ODDISEE IS A GOOD PRODUCER, NOT A GREAT PRODUCER, BUT THIS ALBUM DOES NOT DELIVER.

    • Melodious

      No, i just completely disagree with you and do not get people who come into a site, take time to bad mouth albums they at best have listened to a clip from and stay hanging out on album review pages they supposedly don't like. smells like an ex girlfriend stalking too much and posting negativity because they got hurt feelings somewhere along the line in their life. Go and comment on a cd you do like or at least listen to the album before saying "it doesn't delvier", "too much filler" - what was filler? It's 12 tracks with no skits. Premo, De La Soul, DJ Spinna and Phonte all disagree with you about Oddisee as a producer, but I'm glad you have an opinion too - it's just not as well thought out Calling the album "garbage" is a useless, reasonless attack.

    • WONT COSIGN GARBAGE

      THIS DOUCHEBAG MELODIOUS IS A FUCKIN MOUTHY KID...I WOULD FUCK U UP AND RAG DOLL YOU BITCH, YOU THINK YOUR TOUGH BEHIND A NET?

    • Melodious fOnk

      ALL CAPS IS WACK - and Oddisee is gRRRREEAAT! u smell like P. Doooustooon

  • The Bastard

    I really have to disagree with this review. While I agree that Oddisees beats are bangin', the album is made by the lyricism of Trek. I think hip hop needs more rappers focused albums and this is definitely that. I've been waiting for this album for a minute and it did not disappoint. Do your thing Trek. Real hip hop lovers got ya back.

  • junMaf*ckn

    Feelin the beats and Trek's everyday stance on shit

    • DJ Middle West

      right, that's what I was feeling about the project - Trek coming at it from an everyday stance.

  • Akash A. Yeudreaux

    Checked this one out strictly from seeing this cats work on ESPN. One word DOPE! I'm So LA had me smiling from beginning to end. Tho i'm not from LA I have peeps out there and I have been off and on and it was cool to reminisce about SoCals flava. Lyrically Trek was on point and now i'ma have to check out Price I Paid. Think I found a new MC to add to my collection.

  • Dan1985

    Trek dropped jewels on So Supreme: You in the spot with a crew that brown nose and butt-kiss I fell up in the jam with niggas I grew up with Real family, raw but still flamby Plan A conquer the globe, no plan b And since life aint a playground I stay down Spend cash wise to ensure I stay round

  • Xtina

    Really liked the mood of this album-That So Supreme was crazy

  • ChristinaN

    My rating did not show up

  • ChristinaN

    Being from LA, I really like the mood of this album

  • DJ 360

    When it comes to Hip Hop, Trek Life is one of the most versatile and gifted MC's in the game. You put Oddisee in the mix, one of the dopest producers in the game, and you are bound to get something legendary! This album is what the world needs right now. Enjoy this music ya'll!

  • Bizness

    LP reviews nowadays confuse me. Some of the highlighted points in this review are what I think makes this LP great. The fact that there aren't many features puts more focus on the MC (which is what lots of LP fail to do these days). The feautres that are present provide a bit of variation to the tracks that apply. As far as the DJ feature... What else can be expected ??? DJs cut records; they don't rap. (laughing) How does that NOT add anything beneficial to the LP ??? Many LPs in 2010 are missing the DJ element ALTOGETHER, so Trek should be commended for that. As for references to California, that's to be expected from an artist of that region. Opinions are subjective, but I ask the writer Amanda THIS: "What do YOU expect..?" If you're familiar with Trek's music at all, then you should be familiar with his tone, content, general subject matter, and past beat selection. None of these beats are outside of Trek's range. Too bad writers don't post comments... I'd like for Amanda to elaborate a bit more after listening to a few other new releases. The only thing that would make this LP any more cohesive is if everything was about the same topic. (laughing) We all know that would completely defeat the purpose. LAST: comparing this LP to Em's Recovery was NOT a smart comment. Not very smart AT ALL. Good shit, Trek Life.

    • THEREAL#1STAN

      Your the biggest dork here bitch, eat a dick faggot

    • THE REAL#1STAN

      we Stans come from your mothers vagina

    • DJ Middle West

      where do the Stans come from? wtf

    • DJ Middle West

      some good points.

    • THE REAL#1STAN

      BIZNESS sounds like a bitch, go make my fuckin sandwich like I told you. Easy on the mayo faggot

    • abassa

      amandabassa [at] gmail dot com have at it.

    • Bizness

      @ ABASSA Thanks for replying. Since you took the time to do so, I'm very curious to hear your extended point of view. I don't know what your email is nor can I find it. I didn't mean to make a spectacle of your review. I listed my email when I registered for the site. Feel free to respond if you care to do so. Thanks again.

    • abassa

      as a former blogger on this site who dedicated way too much of my time socializing with the comment section, I'm past that. I already spoke my mind for the public on this review. I can refute every point you have very easily but I'm not about to write a SECOND review in the comments, sorry. take my email offer or leave it, if you really want the insight you'll hit me up.

    • Bizness

      @ ABASSA My comment wasn't a personal attack of course... But if you care to elaborate at all, post it in public forum just like the review. Looking thru these comments, there are others that feel the same way I do.

    • bama skolled you

      tru nuf - well said.

    • abassa

      who said we don't comment? I read my feedback. anyway, if you REALLY want my elaboration feel free to e-mail me, the email address is definitely not hard to find.

    • Tommy Blak

      @ J. Bizness GET 'EM (Method Man voice from How High)

    • Dan1985

      great points - appreciate reading thoughtful comments.

    • on 2nd thought

      so you want to be a rapper AND a critic AND criticize critics? UPS is hiring.

    • Bizness

      @THE REAL#1STAN Let's build on your username for a moment... "Stan" is fictional story of a gay Rap fanatic that kills himself & his family over an unfulfilled obsession. Can you see what I'm getting at...? Get a life, dork.

    • DDotCee

      @The Real#1Stan If you have nothing constructive to say then gtfo.

    • Tommy Blak

      Seriously man you should start reviewing albums. lol

    • THE REAL#1STAN

      shut up and go make me a fuckin sandwich

  • Jack101

    Lyrically as the world turns alone, discredits this whole review. i think Trek came with it lyrically and Oddisee beats were flawless.

  • KishaLouise

    This is a very dope album. Oddisee's beats DO NOT overpower Trek's lyrics at all. That So Supreme joint is CRAZY! I love this album.

  • Tommy Blak

    My rating didn't show up so here you go XXXXX (THATS 5 X's)

    • DDotCee

      You posted 3 times. Each time you rated the album 5/5. You know Trek Life personally since I've been to one of Trek's shows. Wow? Swaying the public opinion on a project by posting 3 times is not cool. Sorry.

  • Tommy Blak

    This is a very dope album. I really don't know what you were listening to...

  • VirgoVixen85

    I don't know what you guys are talking about. This album is a welcomed follow up to Price I've Paid.

    • bama skolled you

      i slept on that one for a min, but yeah it got heat and this a nice flip to a new place - dude matured

  • Tommy Blak

    This is a very dope album. I really don't know what you were listening to

  • DJ Eisiyoo

    I thought the album was amazing. Oddisee and Trek Life compliment each other well. Oddisee's beats do NOT over power Trek in any way. From the punchlines to the stories told, this is an all around good project.

  • Tony G

    Album is sick. Way to bring it Trek and Oddissee!

  • BeatsUDown

    I don't know what you heard - I thought it was dope. That So Supreme was crazy - it was on ESPN during the finals!

  • DDotCee

    As a fan of both Oddisee and Trek Life, I was a little disappointed with this project as well. I definitely agree, Oddisee's beats over power Trek Life on almost every track. Oddisee has some amazing beats on this project, but Trek Life often does not measure up to the quality of the production. Regardless, everyone should check out this project. For those who really know how to listen to music, and really appreciate not only the beats but the quality of lyricism, you will definitely get what your looking for + a few disappointments coming from Trek. 3/5 just because I've been following both Trek Life and Oddisee independently for several years and this project didn't meet the standard I had anticipated for it.

    • DDotCee

      @DJ MIDDLE WEST Lol, I agree, Oddisee did come with some of his best beats. I was not feeling Trek Life at all. I've been listening to Trek since almost the beginning of his career, and it might just be me, but I feel like he hasn't done anything THAT dramatic to his rhyme scheme or flow; however content wise he has changed....a little. I was really hopping that this being his first project since 'Price I've Paid' that he would do something unique to his career. Why did I think so? Because Oddisee is an East Coast producer, from Washington D.C., who has very GoGo influenced beats, and on this album, he merged both D.C.'s culture with that of the West Coast in a really fluid manner. I expected Trek Life to step outside of his box and compliment Oddisee's creativity. However, I felt that Trek Life really gave us the same material he's always given, I hear a lot of people talk about Trek Lifes 'creativity' on this album, but I really believe that this is the same Trek Life as on "Price I Paid" and even "Rhymes With Reason". Everyone here keeps mentioning 'So Supreme', but honestly that track is amazing BECAUSE of the beat. Trek Life didn't do much for that track for it to be such a banger. The chorus is really weak in fact, and does NOT compliment the beat. His flow is the only thing that stands out on that track. Lyrically he did not perform on 'So Supreme' at all. I've heard much better from Trek Life. That being said, Trek Life is an amazing MC and has always been one of my favorite MC's. But, he just did not give me what I expected. I've read all his interviews, I've seen what the blogs had to say, I patiently listened to "Rhymes With Reason" for months, I've religiously listened to "Price I've Paid" and the remix edition, and I was really anticipating something different to compliment the tone and amazing fluid production. Trek Life really bored me to an extent. The only reason I will listen to this album every now and then is just to hear Oddisee's fire ass beats. And if Oddisee decides to make an instrumental version of the album, then I guarantee I won't be listening to "Everything Changed Nothing". I'm far from the type to only care about beats, Fashawn and Blu are two of my favorite MC's of all time just because their content is amazing. I'll listen to any Fashawn or Blu track regardless of the beat just because I'm always compelled to enjoy the masterful lyricism. A lot of the people who gave this album 5/5 know Trek Life, so of course they would give this album such a high review. This is just my opinion as a listener. You may disagree, and I respect that. But changing my mind about this album is impossible at this point.

    • DJ Middle West

      I respect that, but I really thought these were some of Oddisee's best beats. I also thought Trek came with some of his best rhymes to date - less battle/attack and more relaxed creativity. It worked for me, especially with the west coast thing going on.

  • on 2nd thought

    expected way more from Oddisee and way more from Trek Life. Agree that the album's concepts are all over the place.

    • Dan1985

      concept all over the place? its all west coast, all grown man talk on a positive tip -"Ready to Live", with a good touch of braggadocia. very cohesive - Oddisee made west coast fresh again from his perspective & trek life seems to rap about actual substance ("Forgettin what I lack/ Lovin what God gives/ Enjoyin my time here/Replying with no fear") - not stupid tongue twisters and adolescent sound fx. plus Oddisee's vocals are sick as usual: "I don’t have no friends outside of music/ In my own world don’t require outside amusement/It’s a distraction....Not for the chattin so my actions speak more than me/ Niggas say what’s happenin and I prolly’ great em’ cordially/ High and bye in the same sentence/ I keep a wall up - lame fences" and the lyrics quoted in the review aren't Trek Life - that's Audio Live according to the features list (at least it doesn't sound like Trek Life to me) - but the verse is ill: "If niggas is going left, believe I’m going right/ I see the light through the lens of my own glasses/ Nature guides my way fuck the direction of the masses" ANYWAY, to each his or her own, but i'm on this joint, can't wait to cop the vinyl.

  • THE REAL#1STAN

    fuckin horrible Eminem Recovery is so much better

    • THE REAL#1STAN

      you guys are flamming homos...yall probably cuddle up and watch Disney movies together.

    • DDotCee

      What?? I'm 100% sure you haven't listened to the album at all. I doubt you've been following Trek Life or Oddisee at all. Oddisee's beats alone make this project note worthy and far from "horrible". Everything Changed Nothing is a solid album, it only disappoints fans of Trek Life who've patiently awaited a new release since Price I've Paid. And why are you comparing Eminem to Trek Life? (LMFAO). Trek Life and Eminem are completely 2 different artists, with completely different styles, and completely different messages. You are ignorant. Enough Said.

    • BAM12393

      Try listening to other albums before rating. Recovery isn't CLOSE to the best album this year. Not even the best album of it's release week (have you heard of The Roots?). You are ignorant. PS: Watch this guy check back just to see the sh*t he stirs up.