Lilly feat. Adeem
|5. Tomorrow By The Ocean
|6. Abandon All Cargo feat. Lord
|7. Call Center Anthem
|8. 54 Bucks Per Minute
feat. Nacrobats (Pugslee Atomz, Psalm One, Cosmo, Thaione)
|10. Dead Of Winter
Climb feat. Sarcazm, Josh Martinez, Governor
|12. How About This
|13. Enter The Mind
Of Shadows feat. Thawfor
|15. Lost At Last
|17. Intended For feat. Costume
|18. Funk Up The Place
|As Maker's solo debut "Honestly"
is quite a revelation. With a good mix of instrumentals
and songs with words, this album never lacks, and
never comes with a song that's short in anything.
The strength then often is in the sample selection,
be it the singing at the beginning of "Hello"
the "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas" monologue
of the same "Hello"
track, or further on, "54
Bucks Per Minute" gets a marketing
guy trying to sell us something, with the instrumentation
telling part two of the story. The selling is continued
on "How About This",
where the drum sampling or programming takes away
the attention though. Another impression Maker secures,
is that he's versatile, as the vibes also change.
Hence a "Ten"
is rather quick and a "Enter
The Mind" is eager, "Tomorrow
By The Ocean" is moody and content,
"Call Center Anthem"
is floating, "Dead
Of Winter" is sad, while the positive
spirit of "Lost At
Last" turns the mood again. There's
a little bit of Drum'n'Bass in the funky "Reflection",
with "Funk Up The Place"
then going way back to the 70s to get some serious
funk laid down.
|But when there are words, the rhyme
and the beat more than once click. Not too surprisingly
Lilly", where Maker and Adeem
team up again (after already being excellent on
"Maker Mine"). Adeem takes us on a road
trip, with the tiring straight lines of interstates
being relieved of their dullness by a happy spirit
in beats and words. Further down, Qwel makes "Honestly"
his, while he speaks with a sarcastic tongue. And
knowing how interested this cat is in everything,
you can understand how he transports all his thought
into the open with songs like this. Sarcazm, Josh
Martinez and Governor Bolts then have it easy, because
the beat for "Uphill
Climb" is just very good too.
Plus these reflective words are only undermined
by Thawfor going even deeper on "World
|Then there's also the gritty "Abandon
All Cargo" with Lord 360, the jazzy
posse effort "Nacrology"
with Pguslee Atomz, Psalm One, Cosmo and Thaione
(Davis), and Maker teams up with his partners Vertebreaker
and Concept of Costume on "Intended
For" again. No rhymes, but still
words are on the hidden prank call track. And different
to so many failing efforts to make something like
this humerous, this here is belly laugh funny. Not
just because we can laugh with the guy on the other
side, instead of laughing about the guy.
|And thus this album ends as well
as it starts, with everything in between being equally
good. The words of praise don't give it that much
justice, and too much praise would only delude it
to something sounding as corny as press sheets.
But without a rating, it needs to be stated in plain
letters, that this album is a thorough enjoyed trip
through the work of the Maker.
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