Lesson learned, it’s never too late to peep one of the best releases of the year with less than a week remaining in 2012. As I’ve become increasingly active in the UGHH.com forums again, which can be attributed to the fact that I’m playing “catch up” with a lot of what dropped in 2012, I stumbled across “Lasting Impressions” as it has received quite a few nominations in the “Album of The Year” category.
New Jersey lyricist Umang Khosla, a.k.a uMaNg dropped pure crack with his sophomore LP, “Lasting Impressions” , fueled with brilliant production from the likes of Sweedish beatsmith, B.B.Z. Darney (whom I’d never heard of prior to this release). Without the risk of sounding corny, which tends to happen more often than not when trying to recapture that “Golden Era” feel, ‘Darney revisits some of the most used loops throughout the ’90s and makes them sound even fresher in 2012. Peep both “2013: A Space Odyssey” and “What I’m About” (which, you guessed it utilizes the oft-used Lord Finesse vocal slice for the hook) as they both utilize “Funky Drummer”.
Lyrically, while not quite as dramatic and offensive (in a good way, lol) as Chino XL, uMaNg is most comparable to the legendary lyricist than anyone I can recall in recent memory, especially when it comes to vocal pitch and delivery. Matter of fact, it’s a shame that Chino XL didn’t have this kind of production to back him on his 2012 double LP release, “Ricanstruction” (minus one exception, the Apollo Brown-produced “Take It Back”). Earlier last week I posted my thoughts on Melanin 9′s insanely good “Magna Carta” and truthfully “Lasting Impressions” parallels the LP in terms of vibe and feel. Honestly, “Lasting Impressions” left a “lasting impression” (ohhhh….too soon, lol?) on me and is one of the year’s Top 10 releases, undoubtedly. Do yourself a solid and get the best return that money can buy with eight bones via the bandcamp link posted below!