On the heels of his first "real" album, "Keep It On The D-Lo," Bay Area rapper D-Lo chronicles his journey from jail to MySpace to working with E-40, Tyga and others.
Truly refreshing! That's the best way to describe the Fellowship's first collective effort in years. Interest in a few songs may wane after time, but the vast majority of this disc has high replay value.
Rap Essentials 2001 is one of the best compilations in the series' history. It has a healthy balance of artists with maturing sounds and those willing to experiment.
Like most compilations expect both highs and lows to be delivered by Chapter 2. Sadly, there are many disappointing tracks..
O.C. is quite possibly one of the best emcees to have ever lived, and he'd likely be one of the last people that anyone would want to contend in a battle. His voice, tinged with an unmistakable tone of wisdom, commands one to listen.
Most tracks feature the duo's complex rhymes over sparse backgrounds dominated by hi-hat and snare heavy beats, with low, enveloping basslines and soft samples...
There are a number of excellent cuts by some premiere artists whose skills have grown dramatically over the last few years found on this compilation album.
K-otix have constructed a formula for making songs, one which they're very good at; the most impressive thing, is their ability to pick a theme and stay consistent
The Beatminerz style is much more polished than it used to be; their production skills are still the cream of the crop...
AZ has been the author of some of the finest rhymes ever written. Well, nothing has changed; AZ is still an incredibly talented lyricist...
One of the greatest lyrical feats that I have ever had the privilege to hear. If you're an old school fan, or you love great lyrics and creative production Scratch Vol. 1 has been made for you.