Boomkat Product Review:
Dropping his latest LP on Chocolate Industries Cannibal Ox's Vast Aire drafts in some heavy hitters for the show, such names as S.A. Smash, MF Doom, Aesop Rock, Madlib, Sadat x, Juggaknots and Cannibal Ox cohort Vordul. Must a been a heavy studio session that week, but heading off with the first real beat of the album, 'KRS-Lightly' drops fat from the word go, heavy slow beats get 'Ho!'d' up by Vast and S.A. Smash, the lyrics flow wild over the beats and strings, with lots of nods to past raps and even Edwin Starr's 'War' track, ace intro. There is a live jam from Wetlands 1996 titled 'Candid Cam', nice rough and ready beats and top live flow, but one of the standout's has to feature the Mask Of The Year and the enigma like MF Doom. 'Da Superfiends' is produced and co-written by Metal Face, a class honky tonk piano track is ripped up for a jaunty trip through the minds of Vast and Doom, ace trippin beats. The second single from the album is 'Elixir' a sing along classic with block party fatness infecting the beats and an ace scratch throwback of PE's 'Yo! Bumrush The Show', Vast and Sadat X flow proper over the beats, with the P-funk style chorus that will have you swinging your 20oz bottles and shaking ya ass to the beat, and a deft production from Da Beatminerz getting the b-boys heads nodding, all which goes together to show Vast Aire isnt no one trick pony, ace, ace beats. The title cut is well worth dropping too, with Madlib taking up the Jaylib mantle to a tee and dropping a large block party beat with Vast delivering a superior and energetic flow over the top, short sharp and damn fat. For the Lord Qwas heads there are 3 cuts by the man included among the other luminaries, but it all mashes together to deliver a straight up hot album of upfront dope hip hop, miss at your peril.