As a member of the DMV’s Low Budget Crew and half of the duo Critically Acclaimed, Quartermine JUST dropped his debut on Low Budget and the notably solid Re:Definition Records prior to Turkey Day. Boasting a nice production line-up of Joc Max, Kev Brown and Quartermine himself, I was pretty amped about the release of “Quarter Life Crisis”. However, I was somewhat disappointed half-way through the LP, especially after the back to back instrumentals of “Introspection” and “Q’s Lament” (which, after a handful of listens has quickly become my favorite instrumental this year), BUT it was “$oul 4 $ale” that finally brought things up to speed on this release. Followed by another banger “War of Roses” (which features a nice Jay-Z lyrical slice on the hook), which is followed by yet ANOTHER heat-rock, the album’s finale “Giving Up”. Needless to say, this album turned out to be pretty damn niiiiiice. With mastering from K-Def “Quarter Life Crisis” is definitely something to check out.
While Quartermine doesn’t really set himself apart from the pack with his lyrical abilities (kinda’ reminds me of Braille for some odd reason), he does a good enough job of not allowing the instrumentals to overtake his lyrics. More like an EP release, this outing will probably get snoozed on, but I’d definitely like to hear more from Quartermine.