Unpretentious album reviews that forgo the big words, analogies and obscure music-references to simply voice some initial thoughts and gut reactions.
The Mighty Underdogs Droppin' Science Fiction
Although this means we will have to wait a while longer to see a solo Lateef album, I am very excited to see this super group release their full length LP. Standout tracks are Monster, ILL Vacation and War Walk. I don't think Gift of Gab's performance is quite as good as with his other ventures as a solo artist and in Blackalicious, but the combination of Lateef and Gab on tracks has always proved successful. I'm thinking 4000 Miles (Blackalicious - Blazing Arrow), Side to Side (Blackalicious - The Craft), Banger (G. Love's Lemonade), It's Going Down, Sun Don't Shine, Cold War Economics and 3 Strike Felony (The Gift of Gab - Supreme Lyricism Vol. 1), Kalakuta Show (Red Hot and Riot Fela Kuti Tribute Album). I could have done without the womanizing track "Aye." In all, this is a solid album and a great addition to the Blackalicious/Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truth Speaker and Headnodic/Crown City Rockers associated catalogs.