This week I’ll be reviewing six new projects that recently hit the ‘net/bloggerverse and/or will be landing on store shelves soon in the following order: Bambu “Paper Cuts EP”, D-Wirks (Beewirks & D. Schwartz) “Foot On The Gas”, Daedelus “Righteous Fists Of Harmony EP”, DJ Khaled “Victory”, Inspectah Deck “The Manifesto” and Mr. Dibiase “Cakeology EP”. For those of you new to this blog, I don’t rate albums on a scale or assign them a numerical value out of 5 or 10, instead I merely answer the all important question of “Is it worth buying or not?”. Here’s how my patented “Cop It Or Not” ratings system breaks down below:
Opinions be damned. This particular project has no redeeming qualities whatsoever and should come with a Surgeon General’s warning and/or a biohazard sticker. It should only be handled by hazmat teams or bomb/demolition squads. To quote Common & Canibus, this album is your worst nightmare squared.
Oh No! This CD is a drink coaster/table balancer/doorstop/gerbil/hamster room divider/frisbee/discus/makeshift shield/last ditch choice for a visor/alternate shuriken choice. Sell this shit to whoever is dumb enough to buy it from you.
Maeby (Maybe)! Depending on your own set of personal preferences you might like this joint. Give it a listen first to see if it’s in your lane or not.
Mos Def! Cop the album when it drops…’Nuff said.
Best Jawns: Paper Thin, Slow Down, Correctly Done, Rather Seen, The Queen Is Dead, Sondalo, Old Man Raps and Smog City’s Own
Hot Garbage: N/A
Dart’s Take: They just don’t make Hip Hop like this anymore. Conscious rap that you can bump in your car and ride too or rock to in your iPod/Zune. This EP is an enjoyable listen from beginning to end and you won’t regret spending your hard earned money on any Beatrock Music releases. After hearing tracks like “Paper Thin”, “Slow Down”, “The Queen Is Dead”, “Sondalo” or “Smog City’s Own” you’re gonna be looking for Bambu’s back catalog. I give “Paper Cuts” a mos def. Find it. Cop it (it’s on iTunes)
Best Jawns: Intro, Foot On The Gas, Make It, Power of Zeus, Training Day, Getaway (Interlude), Victory is Mine, Pegasus, Lucid Dreamer (Ambitions), Goin Thru Hip Hop and Outro
Hot Garbage: N/A
Dart’s Take: Download this or be lame. Beewirks & D. Schwartz just dropped off a free project that smacks fire out of the overwhelming majority of major label releases. They didn’t have an A&R save for themselves. No executives governing over the project. Somehow they managed to create a project that will have your head nodding from beginning to end. I can only give it a mos def, too.
Best Jawns: An Armada Approaches, Tidal Waves Uprising, The Open Hand Avows, Order Of The Golden Dawn, The Finishing Of A Thing, Succumbing To, Stampede Me and Fin de siècle
Hot Garbage: N/A
Dart’s Take: This project is dope (do people even still even say that? Fuck it, I do). My thing is that Daedelus’ music isn’t for everyone. If you’re a fan of the Dublab/Brainfeeder beat scene then you need to look into copping this when it finally drops on March 23rd.
If not, then you should seek out some mixes and podcasts with Daedelus’ previous work first to determine whether or not this might be your lane or not. I loved it but it was a bit on the short side (it’s an EP) so I’m going with a highly recommended maybe just shy of a mos def.
Best Jawns: All I Do Is Win (take that with a grain of salt), Fed Up, Victory (this song is actually all the way good) and Rep My City (Pitbull is tolerable)
Meh: Put Your Hands Up, Ball (Jim Jones is human pork. Ruins everything he touches instantly), Rockin All My Chains On (Bun B is the exception), Killing Me and Bring The Money Out (Nelly, Lil’ Boosie & Ace Hood…that just happened! © Ricky Bobby)
Hot Garbage: Intro (Bad sign, right?), Bringing Real Rap Back (How can Rum do that? Fuck you, kid!) and On My Way (this posse jam is a string of horrible rappers doing terribad verses over a basura beat)
Dart’s Take: I almost plucked out my own eye on some Pei Mei shit just so I could experience another pain that could override the anguish I felt while listening to this piece of ass album. It comes out some time in March, what day exactly I don’t know because I don’t want to make a mental marker of such a horrific occasion.
This album was so bad I thought it was a parody of bad albums. How many wack verses can one person stand? It was like a bad cellphone commercial. No bars. In the album intro Khaled claims to have seen the “evilest hate ever that mankind has ever witnessed”, I guess he was referring to my my review of his last album. “Victory” was the wackness in album form. Eat a dick, Khaled. You da worst.
Best Jawns: Tombstone Intro, The Champion, This Is It, P.S.A, We Get Down, Serious Rappin’, 5 Star G and The Neverending Story (the hook is meh)
Meh: Born Survivor, Luv Letter, T.R.U.E, 9th Chamber, Really Real, Do What U Gotta, Crazy, Gotta Bang, The Bad Apple and Brothaz Respect
Hot Garbage: The Big Game (How do you completely fuck up a Raekwon feature? Here’s the answer!)
Dart’s Take: Inspectah Deck is one of my all time favorite emcees. He’s dropped several classic verses over his 17 year career. He’s dropped ill verses on recent releases as well but his last solid solo project was 2006′s “Resident Patient” LP. This project is a huge disappointment and I came in with low expectations (listen to his “Resident Patient 2″ mixalbum to know why). Even the jawns that were tolerable were boring and low energy. It seemed like he had trouble flowing on beat at times as well.
In conclusion, on March 23rd do not spend your money on “The Manifesto” when it drops. Just cop another Wu project that doesn’t suck where Deck drops a nice guest verse instead. I have no choice but to give “The Manifesto” an oh no.
Best Jawns: Atomic Slop, Keep On Runnin’, Brazilian Lady, Be Fly and Cosmo Boppin’
Hot Garbage: N/A
Dart’s Take: THIS. SHIT. IS. RIDICULOUS. Buy it now. Mos def. That is all.