Boomkat Product Review:
'Two/Three' is the second installment in Dabrye's hip-hop triptych - following on from 2001's intricately plotted 'One/Three' and bringing with it a slew of grandstanding MC's with which to pock-mark his electrofied compositions.
Indelible in the best possible sense, Dabrye has risen through the ranks from his Detroit-based origins - offering up the most cohesive and consistent set of digitally rendered hip-hopl. Boasting the likes of MF Doom, Jay Dee, Beans, Wildchild and Big Tone, 'Two/Three' wastes not a drop of the assembled talent - bringing the spectrum of vocal styles crashing down on brittle beats, Blade Runner-synths and a truly dizzying scope.
Opening on the squall-masked thunder of 'The Stand', Dabrye displays an intuitive way with structure, MF Doom provides a suitably marble-mouthed appearance atop cobalt chords, likening himself to "the blood in your stool", before the back-to-basics instrumental 'Machines Pt. 1' provides a brief respite in preparation for Kadence's shoulder-shrug for 'Encoded Flow'.
With an obvious highlight being the stunning hook-up with the late Jay Dee for 'Game Over', other moments of clarity arrive in the form of 'Viewer Discretion' and it's blipping entourage, Beans' polemical outburst on 'Special' and the break-marinated 'Get It Together' - wherein Invincible and Finale embark on an old-school ram raid. When the only real criticism you can level at a record is that it's size and ambition could potentially drown unseasoned listeners, you know that you're nit-picking...