Constant Evolution
label: Grey Label

production: Mum's The Word

guests: Abstract Rude, Eligh, Scarub, Oh No, Brother Ali, Busdriver, Mikah 9, Senim Silla, Natty Roots.
year of release: 2005
Cyclical (Intro)
Constant Evolution feat. Abstract Rude
Follow The Path feat. Eligh, Scarub
Let Em Out feat. Oh No
Treacherous feat. Brother Ali
Physical Form
It A Go (Yagga Yo) feat. Natty Roots
They Wanna Rap feat. Busdriver
Stepping Stone
The Distance feat. Senim Silla
Fantasy World 2
13. War Dub
14. The Beretta Factor feat. Mikah 9
15. Steppin' Out With Mr. Banks

Follow The Path feat. Eligh, Scarub

Mum's The Word already has several releases to his belt: there's The Mindclouders "Fake It Until You Make It" project with 2mex, the "Collision" project with LMNO, the producer albums "People Keep Moving" and "The People Mover", as well as the all instrumental offering "Texture". He's a dope westcoast producer and one of those many dope westcoast producers that should get as much acclaim as anybody else in the game, but that for whatever odd reason seem to be strapped up in a one coast props straight jacket.
Mum's does not take much time to showcase his skills and proves above statement correct, as the instrumental "Cyclical" already takes us deep into the comfortable and welcoming textures of his music. This Intro creates a relaxed if not even meditating vibe, that seamlessly fades into the next song: "Constant Evolution". The continuation is so complete that it feels like this song with Abstract Rude (who states the anthropological incorrect claim that if women would run the planet, there'd be no war) incorporates elements from "Cyclical", even though it does not. From here, "Follow The Path" takes us from a day into a night, and you cannot really tell where the one ended and the other started. Scarub shows why he's such a great emcee if only given the right beat (which is more likely not going to be produced by him), as he spits a rather fierce poetic verse. All over very loungy soundscapes that could have easily be left instrumental and you actually hope it will be released in that state at one point in time.
A demand we do find fulfilled on several songs on here and the results are always very musical, incorporate a lot of instrumentation and the rolling flow of good timed and well produced compositions, be they a fluety "Smashing" or a piano heavy "Physical Form", a jazzy "Stepping Stone", an abstract "Fantasy World 2", a watery "War Dub" or an especially groovy "Steppin' Out With Mr. Banks".
The rest of the songs are done with lyrical contribution of some of the most interesting people on the westcoast, but at least in one occasion (not counting the ones where the origin of the artist is unknown to this scribe), expanding to Chicago. As Brother Ali steps up for "Treacherous." He's the exception though, because with Mikah 9 on the riddim having "The Beretta Factor", with Busdriver on the well matched "They Wanna Rap" and with Oh No on "Let Em Out", the rappers are all from the left of the map. And quite possibly quite surprising, Oh No is the one who provides one of the best of all songs, not just because Mum's really gave him an exceptional beat. Oh No really takes the task and gives us a straight rhyme that just sounds good. It's nothing fancy, nothing flashy, it's just all good.
And then there's "It A Go (Yagga Yo)" which is featuring the Natty Roots and highly forgettable in general, and extremely forgettable for someone that gets easily annoyed by that ragga crap that's currently oh so popular. While the music is also along those coordinates, the delivery by Senim Silla is that of a rapper on "The Distance". And even though this cat has never before attracted our attention, his track on here showcases a nice little delivery, that can be off beat, but always eventually finds the rhythm again to sound rather good.
Now, this record here should come as a double album, with one featuring the notable and well done contributions by all the rappers. But there's so much going on behind their rhymes you grow an appetite for those beats. And the few instrumental songs cannot fulfill that hunger. Yes, Mum's The Word is a very good producer and he has created a thick, musical and definitely not for everybody album. He does not borrow from several genres, he steals from them. Because he pockets and makes all those styles and ways his own.
review: tadah
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