Goldplated Straitjackets
label: Grad School

production: Coley Cole, DJ Hecktik, Mr. Hill, F-Plus

guests: The Sex, Avie (LFG), Concept (LFG), Sayre (LFG), Sleep (Oldominion), Bishop I (Oldominion), Onry Ozzborn (Greyskul/Oldominion), Infored, Sole Profit, Diego Redd, Asop (Living Legends).
year of release: 2005
Intro... It Starts
Goldplated Straitjackets
Goldplated Sauce feat. The Sex
Sequoia Slump
Eternal Curse Intro
The Eternal Curse feat. Avie & Concept
The Sleeper Must Awaken feat. Sayre, Sleep, Bishop I
Goldplated Warriors feat. Infored
A Stroll in Santa Carla feat. Onry Ozzborn, Sleep
Goldplated Hustla'
12. Pirate Broadcast feat. Sole Profit
13. Sigh
14. We Don't Know (Moving On) feat. Diego Redd
15. Defibrillator
16. Patience Now Children feat. Asop
17. TNT
Bonus Cut
- Coffin Nappin
  Sequoia Slump
Coley Cole has an impressive tongue. He does not flex it all the time, but when he switches the engine on, then he motors through the rhymes at roughly a trillion SPM - that's Syllable Per Minutes. Sure, the number is actually a little smaller, but it's up there, it's high.
This might actually be the first thing you note when you listen to this Lost And Found Generation member person's solo offering. The next thing you'll note are the constant Mental Asylum sound bites that get annoying sooner than later. And third you'll notice how good "Sequoia Slump" is. Here Coley actually slows down his rhyming, but in combination with a 100% effective DJ Hecktik beat, including several nice sounds, a few couple of nifty details and a straight forward direction, this is the first among several seriously good songs. The little 'd-d-d-d-domain' in a G-Unit roll call fashion - as heard on "Intro… It Starts" - is seriously stupid though. And so the first song is not too bravo, "Awesome" also by DJ Hecktik is rarely anything exceptional, the beat on "Goldplated Straitjackets" - where the whole little album concept gets a quick once over - is forgettable at best, while the mostly instrumental "Goldplated Sauce" is giving us a musical piece that's almost as good as a D.U. Flow offering, but it'd actually make them proud.
The double timing is used to its full size on "The Eternal Curse (Money)" - a song about… now take a wild guess. This features Avie and Concept both also of the LFG. A fourth Lost And Found Generation dude appears on "The Sleeper Must Awaken", which also features Sleep and Bishop I of the majestic Oldominion crew. It's a cut the folks can be proud of, as it features one of those dark and menacing beats - and most beats were actually done by Cole himself - while the lads rhyme about some Shutter Island thematics.
There's actually another Oldominion guest on here: Onry Ozzborn appears on "A Stroll In Santa Carla" a song that Sleep also blesses. The beat is based on a been-there-sample and thus struggles despite the lyrical heavyweights fantasizing on the mic. "Pirate Broadcast" features Sole Profit and can actually break your neck: this is straight-in-your-face nice. Diego Redd is on the quirky voice sampling "We Don't Know (Moving On)" and finally Asop (the Living Legends version) appears on "Patience Now Children". On top of all of that there's a clubby "Goldplated Hustla'," "Sigh" is a little towards something Ghostface would rhyme over and finally there's a hidden track called "Coffin Nappin" which is a proper tune too.
There's plenty right, but also some things a little towards the unfulfilling side. First, Cole is really impressing the audience with how he mastered the double timing rhyming. At the same time however, that can make it a little tricky to follow his verses too. Yes, our ears are too slow for his tongue at times. Stylistically this album is also all over the place. But it's surprising how cohesive the sounds still are, considering we're going through many a little fashionable sound on here. And finally, the lyrical content is more or less based on that mental asylum theme - yes, sometimes very loosely and only if we're very generous with our interpretation. None the less, there's just a couple of too many demons: demons of the soul and around the dark corner kind. But as this really fits into the realm of what Oldominion would do - it's no coincidence they are featured on here - the people into those musings and stylings will enjoy this not always easy to love, but even harder to hate album.
review: tadah
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