Artist: P Cutta
Album: Takin’ Da Industry By Storm
Label: Rooftop Entertainment
Rating: 6 / 10
Reviewer: A to the L
Holding down DC hard, P-Cutta’s ‘Taking The Industry By Storm’ series features exclusive tracks and freestyles from the more ‘thugged-out’ NY set. This collection is hosted by Epic recording artist, Graph, who takes ‘Cutta’s place as shouter-over-the-top-of-the-records.
As you’ll already be aware if you’ve read my take on his R&B Chronicles cd – P-Cutta is not a mixtape DJ in the traditional sense. So be ready for no mixing, an abundance of verse spit exclusively for ‘Cutta, and loads of general rowdiness.
Graph kicks things off himself with ‘Countdown’ a squelchy cross between Budden’s ‘Pump It Up’ and Kim’s ‘Jump Off’, before he and Ryan Banks (P-Cutta’s Rooftop Entertainment signing) kick off the first freestyle of the day where Banks definitely impresses with his tongue-twisting steelo.
If its freestyles you’re hunting for then ‘Cutta has you covered with some exclusive vocal performances from Cassidy and Joe Budden rocking over the ‘Tipsy’ beat (with Cassidy sounding particularly baby-ish), Styles and Freeway dominating a tweaked Usher ‘Yeah’ instrumental, Beanie Sigel spitting over ‘You’re A Customer’, and the much-overated Pitch Black mumbling over the ‘P.S.A.’ beat. Elsewhere, Styles P and Graph both drop additional freestyle verses, with Graph coming off blazing hot over a Busta instrumental.
In terms of actual tracks, P-Cutta serves up the Ghostface and Scarface collaboration ‘Face Off’ from the recent Kay Slay album, a slowed-down borefest called ‘Cali Love’ where Cam’ron and Jim Jones battle to see who can come off with the worst thug stereotypes, and another slow tempo banger from Cormega and MOP (‘Let It Go’). Speaking of MOP, the new Roc-a-fella glory boys also feature on the Primo-produced ‘Bloody Murder’ – a Premier-by-numbers thumper that steals the limelight from everything else on the album.
Elsewhere, the usual dross from Ja-Rule (‘R.U.L.E.’) and Lloyd Banks (‘The Game’) is countered with exciting new material from Freeway and Styles P (‘Philly’), Jo Jo Pellegrino (‘Closer To My Dreams’) and the 1998 NY teamup from heaven of Prodigy, Raekwon, and AZ on ‘Untouchables’, who despite the fact they’re all past their prime, actually throw down well.
Again, this is aimed at a niche market. Cats who fiend for this type of freestyle cd, that’s seems sourced almost exclusively from the NY thugset will lap this shit right up. Others may not see enough variety here to justify a purchase. Listen before you buy.