All Things Considered, That Was A Long Time Ago

production: Dr. Monokrome

guests: Priviledge, Thrill Gates, William Woods, Taiwo
year of release: 2005
Network Pirate Radio
1.
Theme Song
2.
Momenturn
3.
Todays Spin
4.
Patience
5.
Live & Direct
6.
American Beauty feat. Taiwo
7.
P.S.A.
8.
I Did It
9.
Food For Thought
10.
Lost Highway (In The Wind)
11.
Disclaimer
Mutually Assured Destruction
1.
Clockers
2.
Tommorrow
3.
Bloody Diamonds
4.
Once Upon A…
5.
Heroin
6.
Yesterdays Paper
7.
Time Bandits
8.
The Roaring 20s
9.
Laimbeer
10.
1890 Freestyle
11. Jane Fonda
12. Popcorn Chicken
13. Been A While
 

Lost Highway (In The Wind)

When Backwoodz Studioz releases a record they should have your ear. So far they have not disappointed and as they are not rushing to get releases out, the patience we need to have until we get more, gets rewarded with more fine releases. And patient they were, as much of this was recorded when the calendar still showed 2003. Hence the title this double EP is bundled under: "All Things Considered, That Was A Long Time Ago", the two items are "NPR (Network Pirate Radio)" and "MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction)." The first is all Doctor beats with Priviledge rhyming and the second is all Doctor beats with Thrill Gates and William Woods bka Billy Woods rhymes.
The records kinda stand and fall with the rappers though. As much as Monokrome can produce simply solid beats too (while also being out there at times), the rapper can take whatever he does over the top or in the ashes. And considering the rough diamond that Woods is, chances are good that the second EP will be better. But Priviledge does throw a proper bout too. "Momenturn" for example shows what the Doctor can do, producing a dope beat with a brilliant and untended sample at the end (and please tell us what this is, we have a hunch, but not more). Priviledge sound at his best on here too, immediately following it with "Today's Spin" that's by no means bad.
Surprisingly Priviledge accomplishes to be just as political as Woods, maybe even more blatantly so on songs like "I Did It", claiming responsibility for pretty much everything but your ugliness. The theme 'the more you know, the less you want to know' runs through "American Beauty" featuring Taiwo. Thus Priviledge establishes himself as an interesting rapper, making it worthwhile to sit and listen to what he says. But he's also a neutral rapper, his persona remaining subdued and there is little charisma in the way he rhymes. That's why the musical beat on "Lost Highway (In The Wind)" can easily be more prominent than the rhymes.
What of course cannot be said about William Woods. He demands big beats he easily climbs with his flow. As Monokrome is not giving us incredible beats every time out, Woods and with him Gates need to make 'em more than they are. That is a hard task on a song like "Tomorrow", but much easier on a "Bloody Diamonds" where Monokrome frees himself from the burden of complicity, instead cooking up something rather abstract (repeated on the instrumental and manical "The Roaring 20s"). Thrill carries much of the song, and it's fair to say that he's a lesser emcee compared to Woods. On a good day, he does "Laimbeer", but on a bad day it's galaxies away from a Woods on "Once Upon A…" (or an equally - albeit only musically - calm and good "Time Bandits"). And there's actually one song on here - "1890 Freestyle" - where Thrill plainly sucks, owing Kool Keith plagiarism royalties. Thematically the two do what they've been doing, spitting oftentimes poetic assessments of the world out there. They are political, they are personal and they are abstruse - all in a good way.
It's certainly a generous package Backwoodz Studioz gives us. And with the big number of songs and the size of the bundle, it's easy to run boring. That's why it was rather clever to make two EPs out of one big offer, instead of merging the two records somehow and somewhat. At the same time however, you could have booted off a couple of songs, or at least beats, and the impact would have been much more condensed. The rappers however though, keep even those songs interesting.
review: tadah
   
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