Molemen - Killing Fields

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Killing Fields is a perfect name for this album, both for it's plethora of battle-ready rhymes and as a metaphor for the tracks said rhymes are spit over.

With Chicago Hip Hop
blossoming as of late, it's only natural that underground mainstays The Molemen should get a little of the
spotlight. Since the release of the Below
The Ground
EP in 1997, the production trio has stayed busy providing
backdrops for some of the dopest in the game. With collaborations spanning
coast to coast and everywhere in between it should be no surprise that Killing Fields features a cast of emcees
as varied as any you've likely seen. And although they bring cats with many
different styles and varied content, Panik,
Memo and PNS handle all the production, which brings this together as an
album very nicely.

Things kick off with a bang
as Cormega and Hostyle (formerly of Screwball)
kick street rhymes over the synthed out anthem of "Street Conflict." While both
of the aforementioned emcees are definitely vets with a lot of credibility, a
couple songs later a straight up legend makes and appearance on "Full Metal
Jacket," as Kool G Rap spits a verse
so incredible it would be an injustice to quote just part of it. Not to be
outdone, Mass Hysteria, who also
appear on the track, bring their "A" game as well rounding this out as one of
the better joints on an already very dope album. There is also a slew of joints
by Chicago
artists including the aforementioned Mass
, Juice, Vakill and the ultra-talented Rhymefest, who previously worked with
the Molemen back in '98