|1. Lyric Luvers Deluxe!!!
|2. The Daydream
|3. Journal Pages (Live In Buffalo
|4. Whut Part Of The Brain Is That?
|5. Loose Lipped Diction
|6. Partial Carcass
|7. Mumble Mission
|8. I Spit Sub-stance
|9. Shades Of Excellence feat.
|10. Tired & Talented
|13. Stick Shift Scripts
|14. The Deep Dish Thesis
|15. (the) All Out (ro)
|Nevertheless though, this album
is for the lyrics lovers, as the title and first
song lets you know. "Lyric
Luvers Deluxe" then again proves
Sub's incredible skill and the ability to point
the finger on the right description. So he calls
this the album for those that would enjoy to buy
the accapella version, to then go "I don't
need no applause son, I'd rather hear crickets /
that's how I know that heads was really listening".
He's also the man who memorized the lyrics of albums
so he wouldn't have to buy it. And as this song
is so nicely explanative, it's also one of the best
on here. That's however also due to the straight
and very boom bap DJ Eli beat, who offered something
that works as well with Sub, as those space cluster
beats on the 12".
|However not all songs feature original
production, but Sub is actually forced to spit over
other people's beats (what again is a poor statement
on hip hop, if someone this nice can't get beats).
Many songs are used to simply have Sub spit and
let the world know how nice he is. Like "Daydream",
like "Loose Lipped
Diction", like "Partial
Carcass", while the last one contrasts
the words with a relaxed and humble jazzy beat,
that builds around a piano. The other two songs
pick commercial bubbling beats, that are not just
a mismatch with Sub, but that Sub shouldn't even
bother to rhyme over. "Tired
& Talented" then merges the
spitting to show his superiority with reflective
verses, while on "Fluidity"
Sub incredibly incorporates everything that makes
water into his flow and the beat, to make this a
really styled verse. On "Whut
Part Of The Brain Is That?" we get
a neurology and psychological lession on the sub
consciousness, as Sub is picking apart its reaches
and meanings, while on "Stick
Shift Scripts" he's knocking us
over our head with skills again.
| Then there are the songs featuring
original beats, like "Mumble
Missions" where Jon Rockskins provides
the boom bap. The song is a vibes heavy and repetitious
offering, that gets us remotely in the area of "Pushin'
Orbitz" again. Getting jazzy is "Shades
Of Excellence", produced by DJ Spier.
This song also pairs Sub with Oktober, who sounds
perfect with Sub, and so when they dissect what
excellence means, the total is one of the best songs
on here. Spier also did "The
Deep Dish Theory", that is anothe
one of the best cuts on here, with giving Sub another
chance to get his manifest out.
|And lastly, there's also a couple
of accapella songs on here, like the "Journal
Pages (Live in Buffalo N.Y.)", where
he goes "to keep these skills in the shower
is mad selfish", and where he nicely shifts
the intensity of his delivery according to the meaning
of the line. "I Spit
Sub-Stance" is allowing you to analyze
every single line like a Trekie. Sub is spitting
some wisdom, while on "Plyometrics" he's
the cult leader who says "I don't need to go
pop, that's for cheap condoms", and finally
on "(the) All Out
(ro)" Sub waves us goodbye.
|You will be disappointed that everything
that made "Pushin' Orbitz" is totally
neglected on this album. Apart from the incredible
lyrics, the flow and the majestical delivery. So
there's still much on here you are going to like,
with the disappointment steadily fading away, allowing
excitement for this album to grow. Sub is still
one of the best, while very unknown. Which is just
another sad statement on the times we live in.
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