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Prior to my learning of Robust’s “Filling In The Potholes” this past Thanksgiving, I’d never even heard of him. However, to some, Robust’ s debut 2004 release “Potholes In My Molecules” is considered to be nothing short of an independent classic in many circles. What’s even crazier, is dude has no less than 7(!) releases in the last 8 years. Maaaaan, talk about hitting the snooze button?! Representing Chicago to the fullest, Robust has re-emerged to deliver an album that was nothing short of one of 2012′s most surprising efforts.
This album starts of EXTREMELY strong, it’s hard to find an album from 2012 with a better 3-song stretch than that of the title track, the self-produced “Soloist” and my favorite track from “Fillin’ In The Potholes”, “Northern Soul” (that horn loop is soo damn sexy!) Lyrically, Robust is very effective, nothing mind-blowing or over our heads, but Robust’s lyricism and delivery has a nice ebb & flow to it. With production ranging from the likes of Hip-Hop veteran Maker, Meaty Ogre, Pore and PNS (of Molemen), “Fillin’..” is not really a so-called “throwback” album, but it does do a great job of capturing and revisiting the true essence of what Hip-Hop is all about, funky break-beats, well plucked loops and deft lyricism to keep your ears eager to listen. What I love most about the LP, and what is very advantageous for someone whom is as A.D.D. as I, is the track length.
While the LP clocks in at 16 tracks, surprisingly, only a select few stretch past the 3-minute mark, which I love and I think is an extremely smart move on Robust’s behalf as many of the tracks are crafted on well-selected breaks and loops. Nothing that is too daring production-wise, but this LP has become a quick favorite of mine and has garnered quite a few spins in the last month. There’s only a few albums from 2012 that I can burn 3-5 times in succession, Darktime Sunshine’s “ANX”, Melanin 9′s “Magna Carta” and Kendrick’s LP, but I’m almost to that point with “Filling In The Potholes”, a great LP for someone to keep your ears peeled for in the near future.