Boog Brown’s “The Essence” is scratchin’ my itch right about now! Produced by one of my two favorite, most unheralded producers on the “up & up”, Illastrate (responsible for the funk on “Black Noise), “The Essence” has the type of production that seems to posses that extra drum kick that injects the added “umpfh” to this bouncy, funky track. And while I’m not sure who produced “The Best”, if I had to put my money where my mouth is, I’d have to say it’s Illastrate as well. Boog & Illastrate are about to make major waves with the forthcoming release of “Miss Black America”, produced entirely by Illastrate, it’s safe to say that the ATL is home to the next dope female emcee. Speaking of the other cat on the “up & up”, keep your eyes and ears peeled for Apollo Brown & Boog Brown’s collaborative effort, “UPS” (clever title) dropping in early 2010. Who said the era of the female emcee is dead? Not if Boog Brown has anything to say about it!