Verbals by A to the L
Redman And Method Man – How High Part 2 (Def Jam)
The Blunt Brothers return with a single to promote their forthcoming movie. An incredibly bouncy cut, which features a familiar Toni Braxton sample on the chorus. A strong verse from Meth is overshadowed by an INCREDIBLE verse from Redman, who totally dismantles the microphone. You need this one.
RATING: 8 / 10
Tigerfist – Stargazin’ (Bilawn)
Turntablist Tigerfist has hooked up an old school styled beat whichi is blessed with aa 21st century flow courtesy of Takbir (Styles Of Beyond) who is reminiscient of Rakim in his prime. The latter part of the cut has a techno feel that detracts slightly from the power of Takbir’s rhymes. You also get some a couple of extremely tight DJ cuts on the flipside of this record, ‘Cutting Edge’ and ‘Rush Electric’. This is worth checking out, as this cat shows a lot of promise on the production tip.
RATING: 6.5 / 10
Time Machine – Reststop Sweetheart (Emerge Music)
Sounding like a long-lost cousin of KMD’s ‘Peachfuzz’ this cut from Providence, RI natives Time Machine is one of the “happiest” cuts I’ve heard for a long time. At a time when a lot of Hiphop cuts are making me depressed, these cats are out to do nothing but inject some fun back into things. This is solid. What makes it better is that it also has two other exceptional cuts on here, the bouncy ‘Block Troopin”, and ‘A Million And One Things To Do’. This latter cut is a jazzy, swinging, boom bap-containing joint that should be featuring in some of my future DJ sets. Dope.
RATING: 8.5 / 10