This is a great project from a legendary group. Not only does it show that there is still a way to make unique sounding music, but it is the best farewell they could ever give to Phife Dawg, may he rest in peace.
The production is full of the jazz influences you would expect to hear from this group. They use the instruments to create great atmosphere throughout the project as well as affect the energy as it flows through the songs. There are some moments that are sudden changes but they are out there for effect and are not mistakes as they are part of how the project plays out.
The lyricism is great with each member who raps doing a great job of showing their signature flow with enjoyable rhymes to make tracks that are thought provoking and yet easy listening. maybe a few more changes between flows could make slightly more impact, but there are no weaknesses in the performances on this album.
The features are great as each shows off their own impressive skills while showing great chemistry with the group. All are uncredited on the album which means that on first listen through they are a surprise and are somewhat refreshing. This is a nice touch as there is a good balance between singers and rappers which leads to a smooth project on each listen through.
Overall, this is a great alternative project from what is popular in the mainstream and should help show people that rap is more than the generic pop tunes. Each member should be proud that they could make Phife Dawg’s last project as great as this.
This album is great for those who enjoy a slightly more laid back and thoughtful project to listen to. While there are some more pumped up moments, this project is great for provoking thoughts with powerful images.
The production is smooth with no moments that sound out of place or forced. 9th Wonder puts hins signiture style all over this with the more melodic beats instead of relying on heavy bass. Maybe more of a balance between the higher energy and the deeper thinking could have made a project aimed at a larger audiance but there is no doubt that what is selected for this is effective.
The lyricism is great with its imagery and ability to settle in the listeners brain. Talib Kweli does a great job showing how he can work his complex lyrics into understandable messages that all can ponder over. Some more songs aimed at energizing the listener could have helped make this a more universal album, but that may have defeated the purpose of such a project.
The features all do a great job of fleshing out this project with different view points on the situations provided. Each puts in a lot of effort to tkeep thier verses interesting and competing with the others for most poignant verse. There are no real issues with the guest selection here, but maybe some more singing features could have added a few more interesting moments.
Overall, this album is great to sit through if you want something relaxing or somehting to think over. Both Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder do a great job on thier seperate parts that come together to make a great project.
This is a great album to stick on if you don’t want to be tied down to one artists point of view and opinions. There are a lot of good points on this album that make it enjoyable listening.
The production is really stunning and is the best thing about this album, which is a big deal. Each track is individual and they all cohesively run together without the listener being confused about what song is on. There are no flaws about the beats that Selektah is using to craft a very entertaining album.
As Statik Selektah is a producer putting together this album, the features make up all the lyrics on this project. However they all come with great verses and hooks, which contain a lot of thier own lyrical acrobatics. A few more rappers with a faster flow may have kept the energy flow up a bit through the project, but that may have stopped the balance of the correct atmosphere for each song.
Overall, this is a great album for all audiances of Hip Hop. The smooth production with the quick acrobatic rhymes make for a good time and this is a great stepping stone for Statik Skeletah.