Boomkat Product Review:
Stones Throw's most ambitious Hip Hop project since the Jaylib album is finally unveiled. Featuring some 35 MCs - from veterans such as Dead Prez, Jonwayne, Aloeblacc, Guilty Simpson, Prince Po, Krondon, M.E.D., alongside newcomers like Coin Locker Kid - and beats from three production units - Australian mainman Katalyst, Fuzzface aka Portishead's Geoff Barrow, and the three-piece 7-Stu-7 - it's a return to the crate-dug values of golden era boom bap stemming from the producer's disillusionment with the current state of Hip Hop. In the style of Madlib's best mixtapes, it plays through as a seamless collage of some 40+ cuts, meticulously stitched together by their Aussie helmsman, Katalyst, who also claims responsibility for at least half of the production. The constantly fluctuating texture of the beats coupled with myriad voices makes for a lucid true skool listen.