Fashionably late to the party again . Sorry fellas.
So I’d never even heard of Speedknot Mobstaz before last week. I knew my knowledge of 90s Chicago hip hop was weak, so it wasn’t a massive surprise, but fuck me, I should have been paying more attention. This absolutely kills.
Never really delved into Twista properly before. Always kind of viewed him like Busta in that he was one of the best guest rappers ever, but a whole album would have been too much. Not sure I think that anymore, after listening to this (will be checking Adrenaline Rush too), but Liffy Stokes and Mayz definitely add another dimension and the three have great chemistry. Can see that Twista is the main attraction to some extent, but totally didn’t hear this as ‘Twista and two other dudes’; they all bring it.
Production is what makes it for me though. Again, never really paid attention to Legendary Traxster before, but dude knows what he’s doing. After the first couple of tracks’ skittering snares and big synths I thought the production was going to be a bit one note, but it’s anything but. There’s so much going on. Legit Ballers sounds like an early Black Moth Super Rainbow track or something (except about five years earlier). Totally unique - can’t think that anyone was doing anything similar at this time.
Was laughing at the conversation above cos was actually playing 90s hip hop bingo while listening to this - mob track; slow jam; dead homiez track; weed tune etc. - but it’s all executed so well, and the beats are so varied, that it doesn’t matter. Probably my favorite album the thread’s kicked up so far, which is saying something. Crazy nice yo