Kid Ink's second album may sound, it's a fitting description for where he's at in his career. My Own Lane doesn't seek to break new ground as much as it reinforces a stylistic attitude that was evident on his independent debut Up & Away. His two collaborations with Chris Brown, “Show Me” and “Main Chick,” display early and often Ink’s penchant for tailoring melodies for the masses. Like his moderately successful single from 2012, “Time Of Your Life,” Ink also doesn’t shy from extending his lyrical delivery to the ladies by harmonizing alongside the buttery production from DJ Mustard. It’s a formula that’s executed well by the rapper, and similarly shows up on the August Alsina-assisted “We Just Came To Party.” He’s essentially setting the tone for a Friday night out. All the listener has to do is press play.
Kid Ink's craftiness on the lyrical side has never been a huge selling point, but he certainly displays his effectiveness on My Own Lane. “No Option” finds the emcee skillfully ripping a double-time flow as he brags about his bankroll before King Los jumps in to keep the spirit of competition alive. Kid Ink also offers a moment of clarity on “No Miracles,” which features Midwest bad boy Machine Gun Kelly and songstress Elle Varner.