spinna, geology, joe max.
x, truth enola, apani b-fly emcee, akil, joe max, vernon
ried (living color).
|2. Till The Day
|4. Don't Get It Twisted
|7. Lyrical Mastery
|9. Apology Not Accepted
|13. Reality Check
First: turn up the music,
this is to be listened to loud. Second: a little louder,
still. Third: the Jigmastas, DJ Spinna and MC Kriminul
don't need an introduction. Naw, they are as known as
a kid would be that still rocks polka dots. Of course
if you still want to get something of the introduction
sort, check this
out. We other folks continue on to check out the album.
And mightily this starts,
with something that is so simply named. "Intro"
gives us sirens, that make sure that we know why Spinna
is so liked, why he has been the hot name for more than
a minute. And in a way, Spinna pulls a Primo. Not biting
his style of production, but holding back the best beats
for his own record, like Primo seems to be doing for
Gang Starr releases. Our head is already nodding like
a oil pump, and you should get the cold wrappings out,
as with tracks like "Till The
Day", things will not change anytime soon.
So your neck will be cursing this album, due to it having
to work overtime. Now there's another entity to the
Jigmastas team, and Kriminul doesn't lack the flow needed
to complement the beats. And he exhibits, him doing
it well versed on this track here, where he does a little
bragging as well as some proving of his solidarity to
this hip hop thing. Well, maybe some similes are a little
old, like saying that people are vegetarian and don't
want no beef, but hey, who cares? This is funky.
And so is "Vent".
Well, maybe even funkier. And the guitar is only paving
the way for them late night structures, that glow like
some special bug's butt in the night. More head nodding
going on, more flowing from Kriminul, and the braggadocios
reminds us of them good old days, when hip hop was made
to be fun and not to scare. Or something. Now, Spinna
even outdoes himself on "Don't
Get It Twisted", where he takes some hand
clapping, that sound like the worlds best double dutcher.
Now, not only is Sadat X added to the track, but the
cut also progresses and builds. So darn, we are just
so happy with this album and have just reached track
no. 4. No. 5 is then going into definite night structures,
that late summer night feeling that you will have, driving
around, and seeing the plush and soft lights outside.
And if you don't know what I mean by this, close your
eyes and listen to "Elevate".
Perfectly, pleasantly ill-matching, the lyrics are not
allowing us to just chill back, but they express some
serious accusation, reminding us to keep our feet on
the ground and not get high on bling bling, fake gods,
shareholder value and what not.
Back on the party vibe,
Million Stories" might be a little too
typical Spinna for its own good. Then again to say such
a thing is rather ridiculous. "Lyrical
Mastery" is not the materialistic track,
despite the "I need some of that money you other rappers
are talking about". Naw. Of course he says that, but
he's willing to exchange the funds with a product that's
saturated by 'lyrical mastery'. Actually Kriminul speeds
up his flow, and the Spartan beat fits very well, kinda
like it should. On "C.S.S."
Spinna pulls out a sung chorus, before he overpowers
us with simply a few extra levels. And the love for
details, of true production attention, is shown by the
little 'bounce' moment, while the vibes make this jazzy.
And the MC is doing some sweet talking, seconded by
the written out title, that means 'criminal, subliminal,
seduction'. One of the few guests that is given the
chance to be on here can be found on "Apology
Not Accepted", the guest being Apani B-Fly
Emcee. This amazingly keeps things around beat wise,
that could have easily been dropped. And yes, I'm talking
about some of the levels. Also a sung voice is taken
to give it a character that is only heard by those that
pay attention, while Kriminul takes things beyond the
bragging and boasting, doing some thinking for us, that
we are allowed to follow and ponder ourselves. Spinna
mocks us with all kind of changes and little breaks,
before we pushed into "Cliche".
This is kinda dominated by the bass, still very Spinna,
and finished by a blaksploitation conclusion, so it
As there are guitars
on "Hollar", and
we are told that Vernon Ried (of Living Colour) is playing
the guitar on one track, it's fair to assume, that his
contribution can be found on this very track. There
are more nightly structures on here, while Kriminul
is doing some story telling, before some dood sings
the chorus. Now there are a whole lot of elements we
are usually not too bothered about hearing, however,
this pulls it off pleasantly, so no complaint coming
from here. The next cut goes by the name of "Nocturnal
Jam", that maybe tries a little too hard
to make it club friendly. The bass is too 80s, while
the keys would be kinda fun, and all the other Spinna
typical elements also fit well. Again more serious topics
are expressed on "Reality Check",
what then leaves us with only the "Outro"
left. Here Spinna is given the chance to leave us impressed,
what he successfully does, with an instrumental and
very musical piece, that's slowed down, very groovy
and once more of the magnificent night time travel vibe.
Aight, not many bad
words we did find for this, huh? Now, why do you think
that is? Well, this is straight up banging, that's why.
Okay, let's be fair though. Kriminul might not be a
Picasso on the mic and what Spinna gives us is not groundbreakingly
different to what he did on the last EP ("Grass Roots
- Lyrical Fluctuation"). But, considering that this
album lay around the Tommy Boy Black Label vaults for
much too long, it still remained fresh. So fresh, it's
doubtful that it's expiration date will be anytime soon.
promo copy that we've got does not contain any credits.
we know that geology and joc max did a beat or beats
on here, we don't know what tracks though. so if we
credited something to spinna that one of those two cats
did, we are very sorry. no chocolate for us today.