This interesting project opens with a funny anecdote—a diary entry—wherein Reuben displays his anxiety over critics' reactions.

This interesting project opens with a funny anecdote—a diary entry—wherein Reuben displays his anxiety over critics' reactions. Moments later, he makes a pledge to the listener to try harder to be a better rapper and better person. He delivers on the first half of that promise with this engaging sophomore album. An Ohio native, Reuben co-produced Hindsight with Todd Collins, and the two mix upbeat, infectious melodies with Reuben's socially conscious, faith-centered lyrics; throughout, Reuben incorporates a blend of styles into a delectable hip-hop concoction. Among the highlights are "Breathe," "I Pictured It," "Doin'," and all-out party anthem "Soundman." Reuben is a young artist with an abundance of personality, and it's on fine display here.—DEP

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