Alright Trav (Wake Your Daughter Up), after the subtle knock on my album recommendation skills (I still gotta’ stand by Uncut Raw’s “First Toke”, I don’t know what it is but I love that sh*t!) I feel compelled to well….to quote Jim Carrey in “Dumb & Dumber”, “totally redeem myself”! Before I even attempt to “hip” anyone to any new releases I’ve gotta’ give a major “Big Up” to both BossPlayer & Hip Hop Bootleggers, whom are both the “cream of the crop” when it comes to “checking out” new music. So, that leads us to the album depicted above: The second release from Ohio native Ill Poetic!
While Ill Poetic’s follow up to “The Definition” is by no means an instant classic, I will go out on a limb and make it known that “The World Is Ours” is pretty freakin’ good! Put it this way, I DL’ed “The World Is Ours” late last week and I spend close to 2 hours on the road a day in my ride, so what’s been accompanying me throughout the majority of my drive? Point blank, “The World Is Yours” is the only thing that I’ve listened to this week. The first thing that you will notice upon first hearing MC/Beatmaker Ill Poetic is his undeniable resemblance to Peter Gunz, their voices sound exactly alike….EXACTLY! Actually, that may be…not to Ill Poetic’s fault, the only recognizable downside of the album (As bad as it may sound, I’ve never really been able to stomach Peter Gunz’ voice). Sorry Ill Poetic, but the good thing is that there is soo much right with “The World Is Ours” that it needs to see the light. You couldn’t ask for a better four song start to an album. “Hoe” will grab your attention right away as you will engulf the layers of the obvious production influences of fellow-Nati’ producer Hi-Tek with a hint of Dilla added as well. Next, “Cincilluminati” finds Ill Poetic letting you into his world and what he sees with what is right and wrong with the Nati’, the real highlight is the production on this joint as the heavy bassline, soft trailing keys, and soothing vocal sample is thrown in too birth an undeniable “head-nodder”. Thirdly, the Blueprint featured “Common Knowledge” will bring a smile to your face as you’ll recognize the sample that is intertwined with the boom-bap production instantly (drop a comment if you can tell me what “Legends” used the sample back in 1992…Hint:don’t TRESPASS). Finally, “What Ya’ll Want” (which could have used a better title and chorus) is still a BANGER! The “church choir” kicks in shortly after the opening intro to “What Ya’ll Want” and will surprise the hell out of you (think the way the Blue Scholars “Second Chapter” kicks in immediately following “Bayani’s Prayer”.
Yes, there are a few misteps on “The World Is Ours” as Ill Poetic can become a bit too preachy at times, but who can’t? Also, he does get a little too syrupy on tracks like “Sugar Shack” & “Soul Electric”. On the other hand, I did enjoy similar crafted cuts such as “The Beautiful” and “One More” featuring one of my favorite MC’s Wordsworth. Surely, much like myself you’ll favor the smooth guitar licks of “As I See” ft. Illogic. Honestly, Illogic is a good MC..but, the crispness and clarity of his production is VERY good! Bottom line peoples, I’m just a blogger not an album reviewer writing for the Vibe, The Source, XXL, etc., but what I will set out to do is give “shine” to artists and albums that break away from the norm and are “doin’ it” per say. Being both a talented MC and a helluva’ producer (BTW, did I mention that Illogic is handling all the production duties on “The World Is Yours”?), Illogic needs to be heard!
So there you have it, so far (based on e-mails, comments) I’ve been pretty dead on with my recommendations of Buff 1′s “Pure”, Raks One’s “A Breath Of Fresh Air” and where did you hear about Blue Scholars “Bayani” first? (great to see everyone diggin’ that album!) and only if I could push Uncut Raw’s “First Toke” on Trav & Dan @FromDaBricks a bit more I’m sure they’ll turn the corner as well…maybe not Trav. Believe it or not, the response from the Uncut Raw has been extremely positive…but I can see where some folks would compare it to much of MF Doom’s work (other than “Madvillianary”, I’ve never listened to anything Doom has done believe it or not)….Oh, well if your looking for some good Hip Hop on the horizon check out Ill Poetic’s “The World Is Ours” HERE. In the meantime, I’m going to cruise over to Underground Hip Hop.com and pick this joint up! Now that’s the true testament to how much I’m feeling “The World Is Ours”…-Eric