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26 November, 2003@12:00 am
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     Project Blowed swirls with so many influences and inspirations that honing in on a concise definition is almost impossible. Even if you live in L.A. it might be a challenge to grasp the amount of artists and individuals associated with one another in the crew at whole – one thing that will certainly remain in the record books is how each artist strives to painful efforts to display uniqueness. Marred betwixt Angelino Gangsta confronting Parliament – Project Blowed exist within and without their own reality. In in a Blowed associated project could the ghostly, (“dirty as a sewer”) wisps of AWOL One be attached to the back-slap twang from Tray-Loc of C.V.E. (“She Dances Wicked”), or could a Devin The Dude loop mesh so right with the cautionary speeches of Riddlore (“Diggin’ Through My Records”).   

     If you’re new to the Blowed collection, this album will be a suitable introduction to their more contemporary leanings. A onetime slow-rolling Jazz-infused smoking-channel, this new release milleniumizes the whole affair trading the vintage Fat Jack production (leant for only 2 cuts) for the electrified clap of Afterlife brethren Riddlore (C.V.E.). Hard songs, aligned for the club, that in a different world would be loved in the clubs, but may be overlooked by an audience that embrace it. Yet all along, lyrical inflections and excellent deliveries arise – and set the 18 song
collection on an obviously higher plane of consciousness.

    Driven by figure-piece Aceyalone, shot from his new home at the Decon (Love & Hate, One Big Trip), The Good Brothers is a solid representation of Project Blowed, a nice slice of Los Angeles and a definite proper platform for some prominent talents of the camp that have yet to share the fortune of popularity that Acey and some others in within the compilation have enjoyed.
 
     As a stand-out, Jah Orah whips the plucky “Community” into excitement with the dancehall chat to complement Ace and Ridd. The latter two man the decks rather permanently throughout as Riddlore controls more than half the album’s  production with Eddie Hayes leaving a vocal stamp on all but 5 songs. Project Blowed outsiders are welcome with a Good Brother greeting as the likes of Ahmad and Pep Love enter the raucous for the lead single “Give It Here” (check for the video) and Rakaa-Iriscience impressively shutters in for the RJD2 horn/guitar slashed “Rock With Us”. 

     A true highlight is Riddlore. Pittering and pattering on the basic “When You See Me” (self-produced), Ridd’s hold company in a slew of emcee’s (a la The Rifleman Ellay Khule and the rest of C.V.E. and Hip Hop Kclan) more the willing to let style run wild in rhyme pattern and cadence. Illustrating how its not necessarily what you say, but how you say it (“My style is simple, my life is too”). Which has been an unheard motto throughout, keeping each affiliated release (from the higher profile, like this, to the homemade, like so many equally interesting albums). The Good Brothers accept all in their circle, so thankfully they’ve chosen some incredibly good rappers to signify their credo.

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