Following the success of Killer Mike's El-P produced album "R.A.P. Music" the duo decided to produce a full length album together. This time with both emcees rhyming over El-P's sonic creations. Obviously this is a very good turn of events but what takes this from being a good thing to a superb thing is the fact that they have decided to give the album away free. If you go to their website and give them your email address they will email you a link to download the whole album (lyrics and liner notes too!).
"36* Chain" is the third track on the album and is a somewhat slower affair although still keeping the double time drums. Each emcee drops a long verse followed by a short verse each before the fade out. The beat itself has some nice crisps snares, deep bass and sounds that appear to have been sampled from an 80s video game.
The seventh track on the album is "No come down" another track detailing the roller coaster ride of being high over a sick beat. Its a slower tempo track than the previous joints but has a layered sound with cymbals, synth stabs and a nice 808. On any other album this would be a stand out track but on here it feels slightly weaker than the rest because of their strength. The eighth track and first leak from the album is "Get it". A strong albeit slower track than others on the album but the almost marching tempo joint grabs your attention. The duo are on point with their rhymes and the change in beat for bridge works well create a track morphs into a different beats as it it progresses. One of the highlights of the album which makes it easy to understand why it was the first leak. The penultimate track on the album, "Twin Hype Back" features Prince Paul utilising his Chest Rockwell persona. The beat is interesting and features numerous different instruments changing tempo and style throughout. Chest Rockwell drops obscene ad libs over the bridge whilst the beat switches from cowbells to hi hats. A dope track highlighting El-P's production skills as well as the lyricism of the duo. El-P starts his first verse off with one of my favorite lines from the whole album "Me and Mike'll go Twin Hype and do a dance on your windpipes, put your fuckin' Jazz hands back in your pants or get them shits sliced" that made me smile but perhaps thats an indication of my sick mind.
The album finishes off with "A Christmas Fucking Miracle" which has an ominous beat made up of haunting electric sounds and stark imagery from El-P and Killer Mike. A slower jam that halfway through appears to fade out only to be resurrected when Killer Mike steps to the mic. Both emcees delve into their past whilst passing commentary on the present. There is a nice electric guitar solo sample following Mike's verse before the track finally fades out. To summarise this is another strong example of El-P's production and the incredible chemistry he shares with Killer Mike on the mic. I think this album is a shining example of how Hip Hop is capable of taking two diverse artists from different streams of the genre and bringing them together to a produce strong, intelligent and enjoyable Hip Hop. If you are a fan of El-P's past productions you will of course enjoy this album but also if you are a fan of Dirty South and Atlanta Hip Hop in particular this will be an enjoyable continuation down the path Killer Mike set us on with last year's R.A.P. Music. To those Hip Hop head who stay firmly in your mainstream bubble I would say before you buy the new Jay-Z, Kanye or Lil' Wayne step out of your comfort zone and try this album. Theres a very good chance you will enjoy it.