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The Prerequisite: Real Hip Hop In A Fake World…

February 28, 2018

illConscious

By NoFamous Cosign

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RATING 4.5 Mics | Lyrics 5| Production 5| Features 4.5|

Producers: Marshtini | Hi Cees | Math-Mic | B-Sun | Kyo Itachi | TooNorth | Eydee | Wisdom Beats |

Features: DJ Grazzhoppa | DJ TMB| DJ Dacel | DJ Audas | Jay Royale| Guy Grams | Papitas Freestyle | Supreme Cerebral

DNA is a vital thing to all living things, it gives clues to the parentage of everything. Through DNA you can trace where something began. In music, we can use the DNA of an artist to see what their lineage is as well. Strong clues to the major influences that help to create that artist. IllConscious aka illConsciousDaGod is a phenomenal emcee. His DNA includes AZ, Nas, Big L, Talib Kweli, Tek and Steele (Smiff and Wessun). Having noticeable influences from such skilled and in many cases, legendary emcee could be a distraction and detractor, not for DaGod.

The overall soundscape of the album is boom bap classic sound. This album could have as easily come out in the mid-90s or early 2000’s during the Rawkus era. This is an exceptional piece of work. Cohesive is an understatement. If you are of a certain DNA (there’s that word again) then this album will be a welcomed addition to your playlist.

“NIGGAS MARVEL AT THIS CLASSICAL ENDEAVOURS CLAPPING A BARETTA”

The sophomore album starts off with CAPITAL INVESTMENTS, the haunting relentless beatscape that Marshtini with scratches by Dj Grazzhoppa provides sets the tone for this opus. The flow is multisyllabic and fluid. IllConscious blends perfectly between the samples and scratches, that makes you want to put on a fresh pair of Timbs, a champion hoodie and fatigue pants while rolling a phillie with a 40 oz. of St. Ides next to you. FOREIGN RELATIONS is up a next a jazzy bi-lingual affair with a feature from Papitas Freestyle who absolutely rips the track in Spanish. Hi Cees manages to make the track sound new and vintage at the same time. Ill as a lyricist has managed to develop a style that is lyrical and he plays with words but does not overpower the beat. He never comes off as a rapper trying to fit too many words into a verse.

“BLOWING THE KUSH GOT ME HIGH AS THE HIMALAYAS NEED A DIME THAT WILL RIDE BY MY SIDE THROUGH THE LIDIGATION”

OVER THE SEAS starts off with this sound like some 96 shit. Indeed, it sounds as if the Large Professor or Pete Rock decided to bless him with the production. That is the highest praise for Math-Mic. Ill lets his words weave in and out of the xylophone with smooth lines that would have a shorty willing to slide wherever he asked her. YOUR MAJESTY is live period, it is the most upbeat aggressive beat so far. Ill Conscious get to get his cocky emcee on, with braggadocios rhymes. However, the guest appearance by Supreme Cerebral helps to amp the track he is slightly offbeat. THE TESTAMENT is a grimy trip through the mind of a man reminiscing on family, friends, and loyalty. But the standout track is THE NARRATIVE where he goes back to back with Jay Royale in a bar fest where they proclaim themselves the rap Avon and Stringer Bell. The references throughout this song range from Bishop keeping a .22 in his 40 Belows to mutant genetics. I would put that song against anything on the market today. They raised each other’s game 10 fold and that’s saying a lot.

VIBE VIBRATIONS is an airy groove provided by Wisdom Beats is perfect for just driving and vining to, it’s a smart sequence after the energy of the previous track. As the album starts to come to a close CREATED APPEAL and CLYDE DREXLER close out the set on strong lyrical notes.

As an emcee rooted heavily in lyricism this is almost flawless and the best selection while closely mirroring each other it’s not overkilled because it creates a cohesive listen. I personally would like to see him over more energetic tracks to show his charisma more on the mic. But finding little to complain about and little fault with The Prerequisite, he avoided the Sophmore Jinx.

Available on Tidal Apple Music, iTunes and anywhere else you like to listen to your music.

Purchase hard copies www.illconciousdagod.bandcamp.com

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