Coming off the success of “80 Blocks From Tiffany’s” Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba reunited with super producer Pete Rock for part two. This combo is organic and works every time, the expectations are high and this album does not disappoint. The lead track which is  also an introduction “Ladies and Gentlemen” Ft. Talib Kweli quickly reminds the listener why this group is still relevant today. Suede leads with his unique sound and  flow while Sonny balances it with his smooth sound that plays off his counterpart well. They were flowing for the future when they started and over a decade later that same sound is still ahead of most. Pete Rock is the perfect accompaniment to this duo.The roster of talent on this album is almost staggering; Talib Kweli, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul, Uncle Murda, M.O.P. and more. The album flows like syrup over a warm pancake, no awkward misplaced tracks or features. While lyrically over somes heads, as expected from this crew. It’s still a nice lyrical listen for those who are a few steps behind but trying to keep up. Sprinkled with interludes that give a insight into the making of the album, it plays like a personal trip with the artists.

The Pete Rock, M.OP. track “No Uniform” is a neck breaker. It goes in on a  hard bass and keys  driven track and the lyrical styling matches it beat for beat. The only words for it is hard hitting, lyrical and and colorfully presented. The MCs stylistic contrast works perfectly, while they volley versus back and forth without a miss.

The Mac Miller feature “Megan Good” seems to be a  tribute to women that is so lyrically woven that some of the references may be lost at first. It’s a love letter to femininity, until Mac Millers verse at least. It doesn’t match the track and is basic and totally ruins the song. This is the first fail of the album and it is due to Mac and him alone. They say that those who don’t have bars can’t express themselves without profanity, and this is just that. Basic and elementary, profane and not fitting this album. For a featured artist going so far off base lyrically is surprising. He missed an opportunity to gain new fans.

They quickly recover though and that small misstep is easily forgotten. There are a few tracks that just fit in and sound good but not necessarily the heavy standouts. They are more listen and relax, and that is okay and something that listeners tend to forget we need.

No Hooks” is ironic and is comical, without being corny. It is Camp Lo and Pete Rock at their best and most ironic. The track is mocking the standards of the hook and the necessity of it. Jean Grae made the same point of the “standards”  by humming over more bars than most “rappers” can actually spit. Lyrical talent and the intelligence to be ironic without being corny is a rare talent that Pete Rock and Camp Lo did well.

The album finishes strong with the Tyler Woods Featured “Love Traps” and the smooth storytelling of Geechi Suede on “Dream Journey.”  This album is strong and authentic. It should be on any Hip-Hop lovers playlist. While not full of club bangers, that is not what artistry is about. Well done and well produced. They also gift all the upcoming artists a bonus instrumental, don’t ruin it.

Download here “80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Pt. 2

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