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12 June, 2004@12:00 am
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    Power Movement marks the first solo album from longtime Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics member Tajai. After years of creating classics with his crew, Tajai steps out to create a project all his own. Tajai enlists the help of a few familiar faces, such as Pep Love, Domino, Casual, and A-Plus to provide that undeniable Hiero sound.

    On “Raindance”, Tajai starts his album off a little different with more of a “chant rap”, summing up what the Power Movement album is all about. It’s a good introduction, as it sets the mood for the entire 14 track LP. This may be a good or bad thing, depending on what you’re looking for. “Who Got It?” features loopy, synthetic sounding production that seems to be typical for this album. “Do Not Touch” is most likely the first track on the album that is bump-worthy, as Tajai is joined by fellow Hiero MC Pep Love. The new voice to the mix is a welcoming break from Tajai’s over-pronouncing delivery. Not to say that his voice is annoying or tiring, but rather that you know what to expect when Tajai is on the mic. This is the reason why the production is the deciding factor of hit or miss on Power Movement.

    “The Dum Dum” is the undeniably best track on the album, featuring an infectious loop courtesy of A-Plus. The beat is the type that Tajai sounds the best over, and it’s no surprise that the best track is the one where the production stands out the most among the rest of the beats on the album. “Do It!” sounds like Busta Rhymes will interrupt Tajai at any moment to ask for his beat back. The song does provide some of the more entertaining lyrics on the album, along with “Dedication”, where Tajai vents from everything from rap critics to record label execs to thug rappers. As probably some of the most entertaining verses on the album, it gives good insight into where Tajai finds himself within the industry. Is Power Movement album of the year? Probably not, but it not will doubt satisfy those looking for their latest Hiero fix.  

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