Philly's Side Effect has been puttin it down for a long minute. His
experience is evident in his creative flow and dope wordplay that makes
"Rocking Chair Theory" one of the best independant releases
so far this year.
The 11-track album starts off with the intro, "Rocking Chair Theory,"
where Side drops an encouraging message about following your dreams
so you're not looking back thinking "what if?" Stress of Krush
Unit, who produced the whole album, laces Side with bangers like "Spitacular,"
and "What's in the Future?" "Spitacular" has a bouncy
beat that has Side wylin out on a track that you can't help but love.
And "What's in the Future?" features another dope Philly MC
in the name of Splitt. This is the only guest appearance on the album,
and the chemistry between Splitt and Side is crazy, as this is one of
the strongest tracks on the album. "Summertime" is a light
track that'll sound great on a warm day. "Take it on Back"
is another strong track that has Side dropping a nice social commentary
on the world and Hip Hop. "Get Retarded" is another tight
track that has Side tracing his Hip Hop roots back to the days when
he used to watch his father rhyme.
What I really like about Side is that he has a vision for Hip Hop. He's
got his own style, voice, and delivery, and he makes it work. He doesn't
sound like anyone else out there now, and Stress is crazy on the production
tip. Not a lot of albums come out that I'm really feeling, but this
is definitely one of those that stay in rotation. ~By Brian Kayser