Saturday, March 21, 2009
Amplified Grammar Reviews....
Saigon & Statik Selektah - All In A Days Work
(Amalgm Digital, 2009)
Probably the most anticipated Hip-Hop album next to Detox, Saigon has promised that the Just Blaze helmed, The Greatest Story Never Told, will be a Hip-Hop classic. That's if it ever comes out. To tide us over in the meanwhile, Sai hooked up with Boston based producer, Statik Selektah for a project that was (allegedly) completed in one day. All In A Day's Work.
Even though Sai & Statik are standing by their story, I don't believe the entire album was created in 26 hours. Recorded? Sure. But written, produced & recorded in a day? Nah, brotha. You need more people. What more then likely happened, was Sai came to the studio with a composition book full of unused rhymes from The Greatest Story Never Told & the Warning Shots 2 sessions & Statik had a buncha leftover tracks from all of his assorted projects & they sat down & put A with B. Pretty simple, ain't it?
I guess the whole "All In A Day's Work" theme makes up for the fact that it's barely a half an hour in length & there is really no discernable flow to this "album" which is really more like a mixtape with original beats. It sounds as if Sai picked the beats that best suited his lyrics, threw in a couple of allusions to Statik & the album title, and BOOM! You got yourself an "album" (mixtape).
That being said, with two lesser parties involved, you'd prolly end up with the sonic equivalent of a shit sammich, but Saigon & Statik Selektah (try saying that five times fast) are tenured vets & their expertise in their respective fields is evident upon actually hearing the "album" (mixtape).
The duo serve up a steaming hot plate of Hip-Hop...East Coast style. The 11 songs run the gamut from indictments of Hip-Hop's current state (The Reason)to issues with females (Lose Her), Sai's prowess on the mic (Spit, So Cruel) & his war stories, from the pen to the streets (basically, everything else). The gem of the project is "The Rules", a verbal manifesto from Sai that embodies his whole style, one part pro-black socially conscious MC, one part bust ya shit open, crook from the Brook.
"New New Yitty, is back in full effect
We the kind that don't throw gang signs or claim sets
We one of the few left that ain't ridin' the West
Ain't dick suckin' the South, you stilla get punched in your mouth
You ever fuck around, Luck, buck 'em down
I like the way that sound, Luck, buck 'em down
I'm buckin' the fuck outta this duck nigga now
I uppercut the sucka, the fucka gon' touch the ground
Since two thou, I came wit another style
My shit was Sharp-ton, just like Brother Al
But I was never rockin' a perm, if I was,
Anything I try to teach, the people not gonna learn
I could try to take the popular turn
Rapping bout a buncha bullshit, it's not really, not my concern
Or I can do some ol' dumb shit & come wit a melody
Nigga, I know the game, what the fuck is you tellin' me?
I love this Hip-Hop shit, nigga you smellin' me?
How else could a nigga get rich with two felonies?"
The beat kinda comes off like Evidence/Alchemist-lite, but it serves it's purpose & the Busta Rhymes/Soulja Boy sample on the hook makes it pure Hip-Hop.
All in all, with the time constraints considered, All In A Day's Work is a pretty good "album" (mixtape). A lil' disjointed, but you can live with it because for the most part, Sai & Statik deliver some vintage East Coast Hip-Hop. Now there's talk of the duo going in for a sequel to this project, Another Day's Work. My suggestion? Take a couple of weeks and put together a real album. The potential is there for Sai & Statik to make a great album...if they'd just spend more then a day doing it.