I value originality a lot. If you can do something somewhat different from everyone else out there, then that’s saying something. I’ve been sitting on this album from an artist who calls himself Tha UFO for longer than I should have, but truth is it’s something unique. No, you are not going to say “this is some ole’ next shit”, because the dude is still encompassing the true values of hip hop into his music. He’s just putting his own spin on it. I can’t honestly say I dig every track on his “Take Me To Your Leader” project, but I’ll give him an A+ for the effort. You can feel the passion in his music, and that’s something that is often missing from hip hop.
I’m not saying that there isn’t some good music on this release, there most definitely is. “Death Note” could be in the running for track of the year at the end of the year. Tha UFO, who openly admits some of his past troubles in his music, discusses waking up in hell and speaking to Tupac, Big L and Biggie about what is now going on in the hip hop game. It’s a great concept and he pulls it off quite nicely. There are other great tracks, such as “One Piece”, and the snitch tale, “Tell On You”. I know we are all bombarded with countless free albums these days, and a lot of people are to the point, they won’t listen to something if they haven’t heard of the artist before, consider this your introduction and give it a whirl…..