6 April, 2004@12:00 am
Prozack Turner of Foreign Legion has charisma and he knows it. The people at Dreamworks obviously knew it too when they signed him. While DreamWorks has since been bought out, leaving Prozack in uncertainty, this bay area MC took the initative and made “tour only” copies of his solo debut Death, Taxes & Prozack available.
This is one ambitious project, especially considering that big name producers like Pete Rock, Organized Noize, The Alchemist and Jay Dee were invited to man the boards. Foreign Legion’s very own, underrated DJ Design may have only gotten one shot (“Baby You Got Soul”) to compliment his crewmate, but he works wonders with his funky-ass drum pattern as Prozack spits lines like,”What’s up with cats talking ’bout, ‘Bring it back?’/ Fuck that!/ Hip-hop has never been wack–you bought the wrong wax.”
This upfront MC wants to reach as many heads as possible, and his guest producers will certainly help him in doing so. The lead single, “Wonderful Life” is a prime example of this. Here, Zack reminisces about his youth over Pete Rock’s melodic production, and in doing so he recalls everything from buying his first Run DMC record to getting busted for shoplifting. It’s songs like these that keep you captivated, no matter how many of his experiences you relate to. The Alchemist-produced “Dear Old Dad” is another gem that sees Prozack question his father’s absence in his life. Prozack’s father actually passed away before he could hear the song, but Zack released it anyway in hopes that somehow he will hear it wherever his soul may be.
Other choice cuts with potential mass appeal are the ultimate chillout anthem, “Leisure Rules” produced by Jay Dilla and the Dirty South infused, Organized Noize-produced “El Chepa”. There are a few numbers that aren’t exactly easy listening (e.g. The annoying and over-produced “What is an M.C.?” and the under-produced Madlib remix of “Bang It”), but for the most part Prozack and his producers keep it consistent. This MC’s future with DreamWorks may be uncertain, but thankfully Death, Taxes & Prozack didn’t become yet another shelved hip-hop album never to reach the public. Cop it while you still can.
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