Oh No - OhNoMite

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Whereas Oh No's previous solo releases followed through on a specific theme, "OhNoMite" plays more like a compilation of records.

While Oh No hasn’t released a solo project in over two years, by no means has he been abandoning his craft behind the sound board. Instead, he’s quickly whipped up an impressive catalog alongside The Alchemist as Gangrene, and with it has come a new phase for the Oxnard, California producer/rapper. Returning to his dolo roots, Oh No tackles OhNoMite, an album that gives an admiring nod to blaxploitation character Dolemite.

As would be expected, there’s no shortage of gutter talk when Oh No is in his element. In appropriate fashion, lyrical heaters like “Time” and “Whoop Ass” (“Lost weight in the game / Got it back like Oprah”) capitalize on the raw, uncut production. Oh No covers familial territory too as Alchemist and Roc Marciano corral a verse each on records that would fit nicely into the lineage of Greneberg’s recent ascent. Switching to a more laid back tone, “Dues & Don’ts” features words of wisdom for the obtuse from Phife Dawg (“Don’t let a coward be a person that you follow / Don’t let them say you ain’t a leader of tomorrow / Don’t be a biter, real emcees should never borrow / Don’t be a Twitter thug, Hip Hop-wise, that’s a no-no”).

Whereas Oh No's previous solo releases followed through on a specific theme, OhNoMite plays more like a compilation of records. As stated earlier, this varietal approach yields a handful of exemplary results, however this also leaves the album open for error, namely on the lyrical side. One would have trouble finding holes in MF DOOM’s verse for “3 Dollars.” As Oh No jumps in afterward, he’s able to match this same intensity in delivery, but the actual performance pales in comparison. Then on “Touch It” with Detroit veteran Frank Nitt, staggering horns push the two rappers through a song of sexual innuendos as they attempt to jack Dolemite’s swagger. “You Don’t Know Me” is the type of record that will immediately elicit the scrunch face head nod; the same can’t be said for Rapper Big Pooh and Phil Da Agony’s verses. And though they simply act as interludes, tracks like “Piano” and “Ohnomite Jazz” make you miss the prestige of ‘Dr. No.’

A valiant effort, no doubt, one shouldn’t go into a listening session with OhNoMite expecting an impassioned ode to Rudy Ray Moore. It’s an album that highlights Oh No’s production skills, with the ghost of Dolemite playing a diminutive role. In that regard, Oh No’s execution is slightly off the mark in sticking to its motif, but that shouldn’t detract from the goods he’s brought this time around. We can dig it.

20 Comments

  • Jearl Ames Jone

    average at best

  • orr971

    It IS a great album. Really. It is. Oh No is great. The production is amazing. great featured rappers. Really good. I expected it to be great and it is.

  • jordanldn

    this way doper than any kendrick, j.clone or chamillionaire shit!!!!!!

  • Gangrene

    wow HipHopDX fucked up with the review here

  • Nuff Said

    "...the scrunch face head nod..."

  • sound advice

    strong solid effort from oh knuckle! bumpin it lound,loving the erick sermon feature!!

  • PrickJames

    "..Oh Nos execution is slightly off the mark.." Only thing that Oh-Knuckle's misses is any f*cking sign of wackness... period... ... Beatwise, one of the best records... EVER!!

  • bleck

    I agree with first commenter.

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  • Doubl Negative

    Forget the inconsistent reviews, anyone who wants to consider themselves a genuine hip-hop fan needs to fuck with records like this. Drake, 50, Minaj,Weezy and all that other garbage is not just terrible hip-hop, it's awful music full stop. A quick test to gauge whether something is worth investigatin is if Premo bumps it on his radio show. The age argument that always comes up saying youngsters can't identify with music from a previous era is bullshit. When I was a teen in the 90s, I was into jazz and reggae, but not the modern wack music of that time; Shaggy, UB40, Harry Connick Jr, Kenny G - I was listening to greats from the sixties and seventies. This new generation of rap fans need to do likewise and only support hip-hop recorded in its pursest essence, no matter how anachronistic that may appear. Anyway, this new Oh No record is a solid four-mics, the same as his new Gangrene shit.

  • dark man x

    i enjoyed the album

  • mr. tibbs

    This is Oh No's best solo project outside of Gangrene hands down. You can hear how he has matured over the last 10 years from a production stand point in this project. I give it a 4.5.

  • it's...

    I think it's kinda fucked up that after making a really dope Gangrene album, Oh No acts like he can stop working and his fans want this off the strength. Gangrene deserves the attention, this is just a rent-party.