tone x, octavio, lamec, speed.
of slang, lamec, 3rd son, mic bronto, intricate, loki.
|2. Squad's Theme III
(Beats To The Rhyme)
|4. Jewel Of The Nile
|5. 4.2 40 performed
by 4.2 40
|6. Petty Cash peformed
by Cash Flow
|7. Freedom Writers
|8. Illa Godz
|9. The Way You Are
feat. 3rd Son & Layla Davias
|10. Fleetwood Caddies
performed by Cash Flow
|13. Sycamore 2
feat. Xtracts Of Slang
feat. Loki & 3rd Son
|15. Cleveland State
feat. Mic Bronto, Ajent O. & Intricate
|17. Touch The Sky
Heavenly divine. Or
just one big ass foot stomping on your car, yourself,
kicking in doors or skyscrapers. Somewhat like your
mental clashing with the brain of a genius. Well, sorta.
Maybe it's just that illa godz use the dirty blows in
the clash of the titans. Basically, the Ripsquad The
Midnight Express are having you associate the album
cover, with the picture from the movie "Godzilla", they
flip things, take that Godz that's illa, and make themselves
the illa godz, using this as the title for their album.
With the backing of the Deep Thinka approval, things
are made sure not to be house pets, but much rather
the roaring prehistoric reptilian music, that we want.
Something that doesn't bite, but something that has
bite. Hide your steaks, my friends.
As things get beefy,
once the album is introduced on a cinema trailer like
"Intro". The swamps
are forked through, to find the eggs. But as we don't
find 'em, Furious and Speed shell themselves out and
jump on us with "Squad's Theme
III (Beats To The Rhyme)". And scaringly,
in such an early stage of their development on this
album, they are already yapping at you and attacking
you. Maybe just because they do had their necessary
amount of beat nutrition, as their teeth do look rather
menacing, as well as the growling is promising. The
practicing session of "Sycamore"
is not only resulting in the batches of flesh being
ripped out of their opponents, the strings are like
a massage to the Ripsquads muscles, with more teeth
punching onto sandpaper, to give 'em that extra spike........
Aight, enough of that whole Godzilla simile. Argh, let's
switch into regular review mode!
Of The Nile" Lamec shows up, while Furious
hands over the production duties to Tone X, that does
something rather chilled and melancholy. This sounds
like something taken from a Japanimation movie, that
has scenery's of woods, and good beings fighting bad
beings. Topically fitting, so to say jewels, meaning
precious other sex persons, are the focus of attention
on this track and the strive is commented with the obvious,
but still rarely heard so essential statement "I hate
problems". The next cut is credited to being 'performed
by 4.2 40' and is also called "4.2
40". Furious and Octavio did the beats, while
DJ Tommee of Xtracts Of Slang handles the cutting. And
this track is butters. A humorous beat, for solid punchline
rhymes, with the second emcee stumbling over his flow
at times though. Still, ish is dope, and so with a good
feeling we progress to a track, this time credited to
be 'performed by Cash Flow'. Of course we believe in
'truth in labeling' and so we don't doubt that "Petty
Cash" is done by said gathering, even if
it might just be good friends, that want to remain unidentified.
Again Tone X is handling the production, with this going
the same route, doing a beat for the verse and then
getting something a little extra for the chorus, as
it's fitted with scratching.
Writers" the Ripsquad is ridding itself from
the shackles and steps out into the light as free people.
But there's the Massa behind them asking: 'so what are
you going to do now, with your freedom?'. And your answer
can be, that it doesn't matter what you do with it,
it matters that you have it, and can use it whenever
you chose to. That of course is true, and we are accompanying
the Rips' on their first few steps, before we return
to smack the producers (Furious and Tone X) of this
track for having used a Portishead so obvious and unspectacular.
They make up for it though, well at least Furious, as
his beat on the title track "Illa
Godz" is quite a little something. Again
the mic is used for straight spitting, over a dooming
beat. With "The Way You Are",
there are guests welcomed with 3rd Son & Layla Davias
helping out to make the concept of talking about hip
hop as a her, interesting again. While okay, there is
one thing, that makes us shrug: the female singing on
the chorus. Also "Fleetwood
Caddies" is catching us off guard, with the
Cash Flow returning and doing something guitar heavy
with the caddie doing the pimp stroll, like we are in
Oakland, or something.
is a mocking of the 'interlude' trend, as this being
whatever it is, like an interview or a mic left on too
long. Anyways, the Spanish horns of "Nada"
are taking us back into the usual groove of things,
with Speed and Furious taking on the scene and what
they don't really like about it. Not your most new idea,
but done quite cool, with the flows taking one step
up, not stumbling up, but taking it with a confident
hop. Then the Xtracts Of Slang appear on "Sycamore
2", with Tommee handling the turntable movement,
and MC Sick helping out the two Rips to spit something
hard, with big teeth and bad breath, due to still digesting
other emcees. That's followed by "Snakebytes"
with Loki and 3rd Son, doing the braggadocios, this
being the machete that is ridding the path off bushes,
branches and weeds (well, maybe the last one not on
Some good old home pride
is showcased on the Stevie Wonder sampling "Cleveland
State". The beat between the two samples
is better though. The liner notes say that this is 'where
Cleveland petitions to be [in] a State all its own'.
While that state wouldn't be as boring as Nebraska,
it would be kinda small. And the threat of Bone Thugs
being asked to compose the states anthem, has us rush
to the weapons to prevent such a development. Furthermore
on this album, there's "Bangladesh"
left, with Mic Bronto, Ajent O and Intricate. But another
guest somewhat takes away the shine, as DJ Lopro is
cutting up a Jeru piece to high effectiveness. Then
finally there's "Touch The
Sky", what is easier for a full grown Godzilla,
than for a puppy. This is actually a thank you track,
making this a pleasantly produced 'goodbye'.
And it's just about
time to say goodbye to you, dear reader, as well, as
the closing credits have already begun, and you want
to leave your seat as quickly as possible, because you
don't want the theater person to know that you spilled
all that popcorn. But you almost fleeing will have you
miss the last 'joke', hidden within the credits so often,
as the end an answering machine excerpt is having you
grin your widest grin. But you will still be pleased
with the movie, and even recommend it to your friends.
Not because it's exciting throughout, there's no complementary
nudity too, but the plot was good, the action banging,
the special effects were used in a restrained and tactful
fashion, and it was a good two hours in a dark room