Hurry Up & Wait...
label: Soul Spazm

production: Hezekiah, M-Phazes, Illmind, Anthony Accurate

guests: Aaron Livingston, Chief Kamachi, Richard Raw, Keziah, Scratch, Grand Agent, Bahamadia, others.
year of release: 2005
Hurry Up & Wait (Intro)
Put Your Toys Away
Right On feat. Aaron Livingston
Psycho Chick
It Couldn't Be Done feat. Chief Kamachi, Richard Raw & Keziah
Children Don't Play
Scandalous feat. Scratch
Live & Direct feat. Grand Agent
Photograph feat. Santi WHite
11. Soul Music feat. Elean
12. Lonlay (Rick's Lude)
13. Conscious Porn
14. Gypsy Slang feat. Bahamadia
15. Before I Go
  Put Your Toys Away
Hezekiah ascended the throne of Judah in 726 B.C, he uprooted idolatry and recieved help from God to defeat his enemies. Hezekiah's reign has been called the golden age of prophetic poetry.
Our Hezekiah is from Delaware though, lets see if he can live up to the name.
Already on the first real track "Put Your Toys Away" we get something nice. The 9th Wonder-ish M-Phazes beat gets our head moving back and forth while Hezekiah drops some nice braggadocio rhymes. But when "Right On" starts we get a little confused. This isn't a Slum Village album, is it? The beat has us thinking SV right away. And when the rapping starts and it sounds like T3. Not in a blatant biting way, but the similarity is impossible to miss.
The Slum Village feel continues on "Psycho Chick", a freaky tale about Hezekiahs encounter with just that. In fact "Children Don't Play", "Photograph", "Soul Music", "Before I Go" and the two tracks already mentioned would have blended in perfectly on "Fantastic Vol. 2". That is not that bad a thing to sound like, but it does not push the creativity-meter off the scale. And yes, comparisons like these are not really fair because Hez' does have something to offer - the Slum Village thing is just too obvious to not mention it.
He does stray from that sound though. Like on "It Couldn't Be Done" with Chief Kamachi, Richard Raw and Keziah. Here we get something a bit harder hitting as the four emcees flex their bragging skills over some dragging drums and a piano. Or on the nice "Live And Direct" that features a verse from Grand Agent. The great "Gypsy Slang" features a Bahamadia that sounds good as always and "Scandalous" with Scratch is enjoyable but not more than that.
Listening to these tracks though, we are left with the conclusion that Hezekiah does sound best when he does his own thing. Because he does not manage to stand out as a solo artist with his own sound on about half the tracks on here. He has definitely got the skills, but he needs the confidence to stick with his own sound. So to label this a representative of the golden age of prophetic poetry is a bit over the top.
There are two ways to describe this album. An album that borrows heavily from a release like "Fantastic Vol. 2", but doesn't bring anything new to the table whatsoever. Or a proper debut that is built on the foundation that the same album laid down. The first description has some truth to it, but is probably a bit too harsh. So lets go with the second one. Lets enjoy this well crafted debut album from an artist that should make an effort to obtain a more distinct sound next time around. But make sure you check for him that next time, because there is absolutely no doubt that he has the skills to make great music.
review: Jonezz
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