Verbals by A to the L
Verb T, Harry Love, Chester P – Low Life’s Starters (Low Life)
A couple of nice main courses on this “recipe”-related release from the Low Life Records chain of fast food restaurants. Side A features Verb T’s ravenous vocals over a spicy Harry Love beat on a track called ‘Showbitchness.’ Mid-tempo bass rumblings and a simple hihat carry most of the tune until the ex-Scratch Pervert tosses a few mellow jazz elements into the mix to compliment Verb T’s filthy flow. On the flip side, ‘The Wiccaman Theory’, Taskforce’s Chester P throws down a laidback Indian-flavoured backing track, which to be honest sounds perhaps a little TOO lazy, and detracts a little from his focused vocals. Nevertheless, another strong release from the Low Life crew, with the A side being the slightly stronger of the two tracks.
RATING: 7 / 10
Snoop Dogg – From Tha Chuuuch To Da Palace (Priority)
The lead single from the forthcoming “Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss” album sees Snoop hooking up with the Neptunes on a darker, heavier track than we’ve come to expect from Pharrell and company. Lyrically, its the same old Snoop – sing-song lyrics that aren’t really saying much, but STILL ooze coolness. We all know Snoop got it like that. As for the beat? Bouncy, danceable ‘tunes shit – this is guaranteed to rock a party, with the call-and-response styled chorus a surefire club winner. Overall, it ain’t breaking any new ground, but as a funky club tune, it certainly lives up to the hype. Whether the rumoured-to-be-Dre-less album performs similarly well is a question that will be answered on 26th November.
RATING: 7 / 10
Paradise & D.Tonk – Pray (FUKDUP Records)
The first release on fledgling label (can’t-say-it-on-radio) FUKDUP Records sees D.Tonk teaming up with 57th Dynasty’s Paradise, with the former providing the GZA-esque beats on this outing. In keeping with the Wu-theme, Paradise himself sounds suitably “Clanned-up”, going so far as namechecking the Wu in his rhyme, as he rides the strings and pianos confidently. The Nemesis remix meanwhile turns things up another audio notch, dropping the pianos out of the track altogether in favour of moody strings which perhaps match Paradise’s dark verbals a little better. A nice introduction to the FUKDUP sound though, and one which certainly bodes well for the future.
RATING: 7 / 10
Delux, Daredevil & D.Tonk – Who We Are (FUKDUP Records)
A little ahead of the pack here, as this joint ain’t dropping til January of next year – so consider this an exclusive of sorts. This time around D.Tonk’s beats are a little more mellow, and to be honest really don’t carry as much impact as the ‘Pray’ joint. Delux is similarly disappointing, but perhaps thats because I popped this in right after I’d finished listening to Paradise ripping shit up – approached on its own merits instead of comparing it to something else, it may sound a little better. Nice cuts on the outro though, despite the lack of “oomph” from the beats.
RATING: 5 / 10
Supernatural – Cosmic Slop / Work It Out (SureShot Entertainments/Groove Attack)
Freestyle king Supernat returns to the arena with a spanking double A side, produced by non other than UK boards supremo Joe Buhdha. ‘Cosmic Slop’ does exactly what it says on the tin, with a disgustingly rubbery bassline bouncing along under Supernatural’s somewhat Xzibit-esque flow. Its certainly impressive enough, but is forced to step out of the limelight by ‘Work It Out’ which has ‘Nat teaming up with Dilated’s Rakka Iriscience and Jurassic 5 for a 4 minute frenzy of hot shit over some sparkling Buhdha strings and a catchy female chorus of “ohhhhhhs”. Oh, and I can’t forget that my man Mistajam laid down the cuts for this joint too – nice wrist action dunny.
RATING: 9 / 10
Joe Buhdha – …Presents Freestyle Frenzy (SureShot Entertainments/Groove Attack)
Holy shit! I don’t really need to say too much about this – just check the lineup for this joint… Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Canibus, Maylay Sparks, Scorzayzee from Out Da Ville, Skinny Man, Scorpio, Mr Forty Five and Rodney P… whew! Besides the star studded guest list, the other thing worth noting is that Buhdha hasn’t been lazy on the boards either, switching the beat up for each emcee, without ever fucking with the tempo. There’s too many highlights here to mention, but for those who think that the US has a monopoly on ill rhymers, I’d like to point out that a certain Mr Rodney P rips the shit out of his verse. Oh, and another shoutout to DJ Clu… sorry, Mistajam for his “interesting” additions to the track. Grab this if you ever see it.
RATING: 10 / 10