Artist: Blak Prophetz
Album: The 2nd Coming
Label: FJ Entertainment
Rating: 4 / 10
Reviewer: Nick D
Although it is certainly true that an artist €™s consistent use of self-praise can be an effective technique in creating an entertaining album, it is important to note that an over-reliance on sterile boasting can just as easily ruin the project. All too often, it seems, MCs spend each verse on each track of their records plainly proclaiming just how dope they are while altogether failing to creatively prove their declarations. As a result, an album of this sort is almost always shallow and disappointing.
The new Blak Prophetz LP, €œThe 2nd Coming, € is a perfect example. On the album, obscure MCs Sure Shot, Retro, and Willie B consistently employ impotent hypothetical insults and inappropriate braggadocio while completely failing to provide the listener with anything that he or she has not heard before. Consequently, Blak Prophetz fall short of living up to their own grandiose self-promotion.
The beats, which are handled by group factotum Sure Shot, are either unbelievably bland or are nearly exact copies of another producer €™s work. For instance, the production on the album €™s title track, €˜The 2nd Coming, €™ is almost identical to that of €˜Cash Still Rules €™ found on €œWu-Tang Forever. € Occasionally between tracks, Sure Shot even includes the now commonplace Kung-Fu flick sample, complete with dialogue and sound effects.
The problem with the production is twofold. First and most obviously, Sure Shot is directly appropriating the works of other producers. Because of this, the production rightly comes off as unoriginal and unimaginative. Secondly, these replica beats are by far the most exciting and intriguing on €œThe 2nd Coming, € ensuring that the album feels dated.
Following suit, the lyrics are equally tired, flat, and flavorless. Utilizing only the most overused lines in rap, Blak Prophetz are unable to raise the bar lyrically as is shown on €˜Unreal Torment, €™ the album €™s ninth track:
€œNo need to act a thug
And brag about guns
€˜Cause them faggots ain €™t real
They more like nuns €
Only the old school track €˜What is Rap, €™ which features Tony Tone, briefly breaks the monotony. On the track, Blak Prophetz chronicle the origins of hip-hop while citing their own distaste with rap €™s turn toward commercialism. Although this has certainly been done before, it is a nice change of pace. Blak Prophetz would certainly be more enjoyable if they continued with the less complicated, old school flow.
If €œThe 2nd Coming € is any indicator, then Blak Prophetz have a difficult time presenting worthwhile material, and when they do, it is not their own. This is definitely not a good combination when trying to survive in the underground scene. For anyone looking for groundbreaking rap, this album is not recommended.