This is an amazing EP released by one of the top lyricists out there. After his impressive ten minute freestyle, people have been craving more from this artist and this is as good as it gets.
The production, handled by 9th Wonder and the Soul Council, is incredible. There is plenty of variation and distinct sounds to make each beat stand out. Sometimes the beats are a little too strong and override the lyrics a little, but all of these backings could be used as instrumentals and still be a success.
The lyricism is, as expected, amazing. Black Thought is renowned for clever lines and he packs all of these songs with bars. Considering the messages throughout the release, this is no easy feat and Black Thought weaves through the wordplay masterfully.
The features all do a great job of showing their own skills while keeping the project cohesive. All three show good chemistry with Black Thought and assist in making the EP flow freely. It is also impressive that they all work with the content so well and can add their own experiences as well.
Overall, audiences everywhere are hoping that this EP is just a taste of what is to come, as the title suggests there are more volumes coming. Black Thought will hopefully take this momentum and continue to put out music that the world wants to hear.
This is a very enjoyable album with a good mixture of great production and complex lyricism. Both members of Blackalicious have done a great job on thier fields which combined with thier chemistry to make a really stand out project.
The production is fantastic and captures the tone of the content perfectly. Each of the beats is individual and does not run into any other. At the end of some somgs, there are powerful skits to add a stronger message to the tracks. There are no issues with the backing on here, but it would be interesting to see what Gab would do over different beats.
The lyricism s complex and fast paced to make very entertaining rhymes. Gab does a fantastic job of wrapping clever and witty ideas around intense wordplay to make songs with an important message that are hugely entertaining. There are no issues with this lyrical display and it has been shown to stand the test of time from previous projects.
The features do a good job of adding more depth to the album. Each does a good job on the track they are on while enhancing the Blackalicious vibe. Maybe some more varied guests could widen thier audiance, but the chemistry on this works very well.
Overall, this is a great album that will have listeners wanting the next two installments to come out sooner than planned. Both members of Blackalicious should continue to keep working with the ideas that mad ethis to keep thier success going.