One word defines Weightless Records: consistent. Everything that has come out of the Weightless camp has been sound lyrically and production-wise. With Blueprint leading the charge – he has unofficially become one of the leaders in the “indy artist of the year” category – it doesn’t look as if the Weightless train is showing any signs of slowing down. Less than a year after Print came correct with 1988, he and Manifest (Inkwell has since left the group) are back as Greenhouse Effect to make an attempt to continue their huge momentum with their latest offering, Columbus or Bust.
Most people know Blueprint as a producer on the rise, but if you haven’t been keeping tabs on him, you’ll notice that as an emcee Print has truly risen to the occasion once again. By combining the massive boom bap element to some insightful lyricism, Greenhouse Effect comes correct on Columbus or Bust. Blueprint shines throughout with content driven cuts. Not to say Manifest isn’t a dope emcee in his own right, but this is truly Print’s show. Take “Still Shook” for instance, a very interesting rendition of Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones” that sounds pretty dope instead of most cheesy remakes nowadays. Blueprint may come off a tad bitter on the album, but his bitterness may be what makes Print so dope on the mic. When he slams internet thugs on “E Thugs”, many will have to agree where Print is coming from (unless you are E-Thuggin’ yourself). When Murs joins the fray on the uptempo “They Listen to This”, it is all love as the trio rocks to a sample that has been used recently by Hi Tek on the Reflection Eternal album. Manifest puts his mouth where his mic is with lines like “You say you got chips when you can barely open a bag of ruffles.” From a production aspect, Print provides some pretty dope backdrops for the group to vent to. The nasty guitar chop of “Square One” is a headrocker while “Find Me at the Bar” cements the fact that Blueprint may be the premier guitar manipulator. The duo continues to romp thru the moving production of “Bad Girl” and by this time many will have to feel that Blueprint really is the one to watch this year.
One song in particular speaks in volumes about Greenhouse Effect’s growth. The Jakki the Motormouth assisted “You Must Learn” showcases levels of depth that many may not know existed in the mind of Blueprint. As he and Jakki deliver stellar verses, Manifest is left in the dark, not because he isn’t dope but because Blueprint outshines his partner without making it into a competition. With that being said, “Columbus or Bust” indirectly turns into a Blueprint showcase, leaving many listeners wanting to hear more and more verses from Print and less from Manifest. A great teaser for the next Blueprint album but more importantly it leaves you wondering what a Manifest album would sound like.
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