Famous Beat Junkie and Dilated People member DJ Babu is back. After
releasing a dope "Duck Season Volume One" about one and a
half years ago, he's back with a new disc that definitely doesn't disappoint
even the pickiest of Hip Hop heads.
D.I.T.C. member A.G. comes through real dope on "The Street."
He's been doing some dope work lately, as he shined on Soul Supreme's
"Saturday Nite Agenda." One of the dopest tracks is Phil Da
Agony's "Elevate, Build, and Create." The piano keys over
the heavy drum beat would be good by themselves, but add the Agonizing
vocals, and you got a real banger. This is a flat out sick track, easily
one of the best tracks I've heard in awhile.
Chace Infinite of Self Scientific comes through dope on "Do For
Self." This is a good track about relying on yourself and not counting
on others to do stuff for you. What makes this album great is the fact
that there's dope beats, but the MC's are actually saying stuff here.
Talib Kweli's "Raise the Bar" is a dope track where Kweli
rips the Babu mixtape, as he rhymes "yeah I see you flossin' like
you got shit on your teeth, I'll come through on a mixtape and shit
on your beat."
Defari's "Behold My Life (Remix)" is on here as well, as he
teamed up with the Dilated team. This also went on Defari's latest release
"Odds and Evens." The Infamous Mobb reppin Queens comes through,
as one of the only East Coast MC's to make an appearance.
There's a couple dope freestyles on here which feature some of the illest
MC's from the land where the sun sets. These really make this a dope
mixtape, and the other thing is that it's not just a collection of tracks,
but the transition between tracks is very clean and you don't even know
the tracks just flipped.
Sly Boogie, who's been doing some dope tracks lately gets a spot on
the album or his track "Booyakah (Click Click)." This is a
pretty dope track.
Babu uses the "Deadly Habitz" track off the Gangstarr "Ownerz"
album, which is a decent track but I'm not sure why it's on here. The
KRS-One "Underground" is a dope track as well. This is a dope
track where KRS drops his witty lines about being underground while
name-dropping some of the finest names in Hip Hop.
The Beat Junkie outro is off the chain. You really gotta hear it. Overall,
this is a doep compilation that's got the West's finest, minus the Project
Blowed and Living Legend Crews, coming through for dope tracks.
By Brian Kayser