This album is a mood. As much as one most might gravitate towards Earl Sweatshirt’s name and tracks the track that embodies this album is Holy Hell(feat. Pink Siifu and Maxo). Pink Siifu “Seeing shit on the screen/Dead Faces/Ain’t none of em green” and “Dragging my feet, Hell on my back, Folks stare on my head, Stress stay on my back…”.
I could easily imagine everybody getting carpal tunnel syndrome in the face from bobbing the head and making the Oh-My-Damn-This-Is-So-DOPE!!! facial expression. The cerebral viscerality of the first track "26th Letter" is already enough to let you already know that you might as well go ahead and wait for the Pray For Haiti 2. This album has a vision and I love to see it.
Kev Brown and J Scienide Stray from the Pack Kev Brown and J Scienide’s Stray from the Pack heralds the headnod concocting producer/MC duo of Kev Brown and J Scienide return after 2019’s The Drum Machine Cassette. One of the most amazing feats of this album is how it seems to give a feeling of nostalgia without being redundant. Sometimes the way Kev Brown rhymes is reminiscent of when Pete Rock would rhyme on Pete Rock and CL Smooth albums. Nothing particularly groundbreaking on this album but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be appreciated. Truth be told I’ve already...
Goodie Mob Survival Kit Goodie MO -B!!! A wise man told me that that new Goodie Mob was that FI and I concur. “Calling, calling the ATL south and the whole entire world Get up, get into it involved Looks like a job for the Goodie Mob, lets work” Good to hear them back and especially back together in general. This album took me by surprise, not only by the fact that it was made but how fire it is. This is an album, and it has to be listened to as such. I may have heard “Frontline”...
An album that’s been 11 years in the making. A sequel 22 years after its predecessor. A legend reminding people why he’s a legend. A theme that feels like it was made for the year of pandemics, upheavals, murder hornets, swarming locusts and don’t quote me on this but I even believe there was an admission of aliens or some shit. Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God is here!
The first thing that has to be noted is that this is an Adrian Younge album. With his signature sound that may sound vintage but simply uses more vintage recording techniques. It’s obvious that Adrian Younge grew up in an age inhabited by hip hop as we know it. It’s also obvious that he was influenced by Thom Bell and the Philadelphia sound which was evidenced by a previous release with William Hart (Poogie) of The Delfonics. That release may have showcased a familiar voice with a familiar sound, but obviously with a new man steering the way forward as it also lets us get a glimpse into a range of his vision forward.
This album is amazingly vivrant, soulful, heartfelt, bangin’, etc. An unfortunate undercurrent though is that this is the last Tribe Album ever, due to the unfortunate passing of The Trini-Gladiator, Malik the Five Foot Freak, Dinomutt, The Funky Diabetic, Don Juice, Mutty Ranks, Phife Dawg, Phife Diggy, The Phifer. There will never ever be another. And seriously, Jarobi is in rare form on this album! Similar to how Phife gained legendary status when he really really showed up on Low End Theory.