This album is full of all the things listeners love about KXNG Crooked. He is focused and that keeps his work sharp and following the theme of this project.
The production is great with the atmosphere reflecting exactly the message of the tracks. The beats are all dark to reflect the subject matter but are smooth enough to transition easily between the songs without becoming muddled together. Maybe something more light hearted could show another side of Crooked, but he excels on these tracks, so no one will be too bothered.
The lyricism is some of the best that has been released in recent years. Crooked uses some intensely descriptive and clever wordplay to make a project laced with absolute bars. His style might not be for everyone, but his rhymes should suit all.
The features are good as they help add a little more depth to this album. Each may not be in it for very long, but the fact they contributed is more than enough with some legends showing enough respect to this west coast MC that he is brought to some listeners attention at all. The way this is put together with the guests is great as they don’t control the project, just gently shape it.
Overall, this album is great to listen to from top to bottom, as long as you can get on board with the concept. KXNG Crooked is one of the best lyricists out there and should be respected by all hip hop fans as such.
This album is good as an experimental piece, but when compared to the original backing, it is not nearly as good. This is obviously not intended to be a smash hit and more of a joke piece, but that actually has some very interesting moments.
The production is interesting to say the least as it is made up of noises cats make. These are used by different producers to do over the beats for the original songs. There are a lot of different methods and patterns used to create backings that are not classically enjoyable but its good to see someone trying something different, even if it is not going to be the new trend.
The lyricism is still great as it was on the original project as the lyrics remain unchanged. Both Killer Mike and El-P do the same great job and all the features are still effective. On thier next project, it will be interesting to see if they can keep up this extremely high quality of lyrical genius.
Overall, this is a different project trying to make waves by doing something no one has done before. While it is not for everyone and will mostly be seen as simply a collectible item, it is refreshing to know that there are still people trying new things.