Likwit Junkies
label: ABB

production: Babu

guests: Noelle, Phil Da Agony, Evidence, Dodee Westbeach, Krondon, Planet Asia, Rakaa.
year of release: 2005
1.
Intro
2.
L.J.'s Anthem feat. Noelle
3.
One Day Away
4.
The Hop
5.
Salute
6.
Change
7.
Strength In Numbers feat. Phil Da Agony & Evidence
8.
The Good Green feat. Dodee Westbeach
9.
Keep Doin' It
10.
One Time feat. Krondon, Planet Asia
11. D.G. Skit
12. 6 In The Morning
13. Ghetto feat. Noelle
14. S.C.A.N.S.
15. Dark Ends feat. Rakaa
16. Dreamgirl feat. Dodee Westbeach
17. Brother
18. The Interview
  Ghetto feat. Noelle
Two true LA heavyweights team us as the Likwit Junkies or L.J.'s: It's DJ Babu of The Beat Junkies and Defari from the Likwit crew. The first two tracks set the tone: "L.J's Anthem" is getting the story straight, properly titled, explains a lot while it also finds braggadocio and the right introducing words (in more detail also at the end of "The Good Green"). Rather horrible is the hook though by Noelle, which practically spoils the whole song with that voice (just as Dodee destroys "Dreamgirl"). Similarly annoying is the continued repeating of 'one day away' on "One Day Away." Thematically interesting, this discusses everything good is just 'one day away.' The beat is a little less good than on the previous song, but at least ends with a really nice sample that is wasted on this outro though. Such serious topics appear again on "Change," with a tale about a drug addict (somewhat ironic in the face of "The Good Green", which is rather clever none the less), as well as on a shorty going through the struggle.
On the beat tip Babu is not yet a true master. While many of his songs are really okay and will not disturb anybody, there's very little remarkable about a "The Hop." Rather badly mismatches is "Salute" though, a telling ode to their place of residence (again done on the bizarro version and kinda good "Dark Ends" featuring Dilated Peoples' Rakaa), including many references to enjoying the time and sunshine, over a track that hardly picks up vibe. Same goes for "Ghetto" featuring a better (but still not necessary) Noelle and possibly the best beat on here that could have still be a little more upbeat. "Strength In Numbers" with Phil Da Agony & Evidence is kinda decent, but lacking true character. "Keep Doin' It" is then just general poor, and standard boom bap.
If there's any surprise on here then the several tracks where Defari goes beyond the bragging and boasting. So again on "One Time" with Krondon and Planet Asia, where the three do some good old traditional police bashing. At the same time there's of course also just the silly old 'sex you up' songs like "D.G. Skit" and this is again just a tad too slow. "6 In The Morning" is not a repeat of the Ice-T classic but a pseudo Caribbean riddim beat with Defari doing a sing songy style with a fake accent. It's only slightly better than this descriptions makes it out to be.
The album then ends with two songs that are amongst the best on here really showing that the twosome of Babu and Defari could have turned up with a better album. "The Interview" answers more questions and Defari shows that he is certainly a simple rapper, but skills are still rather underappreciated. "Brother" is also dope, but repeats the error of "One Day Away" as it constantly repeats this one 'brother' sample. But the beat is severely funky. Thus these two songs are really rather proper, are appreciated as such, but also show how short so much else on this album falls.
review: tadah
   
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