While everyone is was awaiting the delayed Life of Pablo, something glorious just happened.
Crooked I, King Crooked dropped a joint project with famed producer Statik Selektah. I saw links to single loosey tracks online and didn’t want to spoil the experience by listening to songs that were not really meant to be radio singles. I knew that there would be bars based on the Crooked’s previous releases both independent and with Slaughterhouse. I am huge fan of Statik Selektah’s beats and I was definitely interested to see how the two would mesh together. Would it be as epic as Phryme, Below the Heavens, or Lincoln Way Nights or would it leave a lot to be desired.
Upon first listening, the thing that impressed me most about this album is was the depth of the social conscience call out in “Lost a Fan” and the rhyme depth and intricacy of the whole album just improves from that point on. It mean literally each track after that song is better in both lyrics and headnod factor. Which is actually an awesome credit to the sequencing of the album. The only criticism is that the album is only 10-tracks long, and doesn’t really feel like it was “finished” with the song Brand New Shit. It seems abrupt and not really a closer type of track. However, purchase, buy, stream this sonic dopeness that confirms that the West Coast, no hiphop in general need to mention King Crooked in top lists more often.