Amalgamation
label: ty-she

producers: dj d'salaam, danja mowf, sub-z, kokayi, dj symphoni.

guests: priest da nomad, danja mowf, lonnie b.
year of release: 2003
websites: stormtheunpredictable.com | urban-intalek.com
When an artist goes 'go, go, go', he does not always speak of the music genre with the curious name 'Go Go'. That music is very popular in Washington DC, besides pretty much nowhere else. Storm is also mingling in the area, but does nothing that's only 'Go Go'. What didn't prevent him from making a name for himself in the District, and actually outside of it too. Be it with winning awards, prizes, or be it just because of the songs that he won these accolades and props with. That there are "Get Your Weight Up (Big Girl Anthem)", "Stop Lyin'" and "Darker The Berry".
The first one is exactly that, a track where the big women are honed. So no starving ladies, nothing where some bump and grind will have you come away with cuts from bones. Naw man, Storm wants them serious thick women (170 pounds!) and not Skeletor, as he calls them see through gals. This is a track where everything comes together, the lyrics are funny, they get a couple of truths out too, the beat by Kokayi is bouncy, a little retrospective and good. Making this a dope track with classic written all over it. Also previously available was "Darker The Berry". This was on the "Aberfoyle Springs" compilation (reviewed here). The track is about the deep relation of skin darkness and treatment, the "complexity of skin complexity". What's however a little let down, is that the version on this album is a remix by Sub-Z, that does not live up to the version by DJ Symphoni that was on the compilation. And finally, the third track mentioned "Stop Lyin'" turns to the humor again, with Priest Da Nomad and Storm bouncing ridiculous boasts off each other, while also ridiculing each other.

tracklisting
1. Intro
2. So Unpredictable feat. Priest Da Nomad
3. Get Your Weight Up (Big Girl Anthem)
4. Suplex feat. Priest Da Nomad, Danja Mowf, Lonnie B
5. Weight On The Stompin' feat. Priest Da Nomad
6. I Hate When
7. Darker The Berry
8. Vigilante Thoughts
9. I'm Gone
10. Work It Out
11. Stop Lyin' feat. Priest Da Nomad
12. We Ain't Like That
13. The One That You Love
14. Low Down And Dirty
15. Up In You 2002
16. Snippets From Priest Da Nomad
And that might be the biggest strength of the record, how Storm can balance the braggadocios of a "Me wack? That's like a paraplegic standing up for himself" as said on "So Unpredictable", with the enormous seriousness of a "Vigilante Thoughts". Therefore we get more lyrical flexing on "Suplex" featuring Priest Da Nomad, Danja Mowf and Lonnie B, while "I Hate When" is again speaking on what makes Storm cringe. Similarly real is "I'm Gone", where Storm is addressing his lady with some serious accusations. Therefore the moment of love turns into the moment to call it quits. But then there's also "Work It Out", with a little go going twist, that then complete breaks through on "The One That You Love". Plus there's also the strong flow effort "Low Down And Dirty".
So with the balance being what's best about the record, then the DJ D'Salaam beats must be the worst. Because a "We Ain't Like That"'s beat is just bad: DJ D'Salaam comes with something horribly synthetic, bare and empty. And while "Low Down And Dirty" is better, the thick keyboard instrumentation is just harsh on our ears, while "So Unpredictable" is a little too westcoast for the District area. But thankfully there's are dope beats like "Up In You 2002", where the sirens and staggering drum give the beat a very mid 90s harshness, and that make up a lot of ground again. So with strong lyrics throughout, a whole lot to say, and entertaining ways to even address the hardest issue, Storm manages to put a firm foot on the ground, proving that he's more than just a three hit wonder.
review: tadah
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