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daddy kev - Lost Angels EP
From the strength of a couple of exceptional recent releases Daddy Kev has slowly been flexing his skills for six months now. With this large EP he cements a reputation that is wothry of his West Coast peers. The opening interlude of 'Lost Angels' sets the tone for seven outstanding exercises in Hip Hop with freestyles from Mikah 9 (see his work on the Prefuse73 LP below) and P.E.A.C.E., the forgotten half of the innovative Freestyle Fellowship. 'First things last' sets things off as Mikah 9's ingenious flow matches an eerie piano cadence note for note while a fuzzy MPC beat circles underneath. Mikah's vocal talents paved the way for crews like Blackalicious and The Pharcyde, after ten years he is still ahead of the game. Massmen oddball Busdriver then steps in on 'Blowed Anthem', a rolling LA track dedicated to the Project Blowed movement. A subdued, abstract feel dominates 'Walking on water' which takes us into the strange world of P.E.A.C.E. His twisted freestyle shifts and changes through the course of a long stream of consciousness rant that leans toward the more disturbing end of the Rap spectrum. After an extended moment of oddball funk from Anticon member Circus, the brilliant Awol One picks up the groove with his sarcastic 'Lick me i'm famous' freestyle. The closing 'Ascension' turns the lights out on what has to be one of the best Hip Hop releases of the year. The cutting edge.