The duo of Chace Infinite and DJ Khalil aren’t new to the game of hip hop. As a matter of fact, Self Scientific have slowly been building steam by affiliating themselves with Xzibit and Strong Arm Steady, as well as tying themselves to DJ Muggs’ Angeles Records. For those who have been keeping up, Self Scientific captured the attention of many with their critically acclaimed The Self Science, and since then have really taken their time with new material. With Khalil slowly building momentum as a dope producer, it is evident that fans need an album. With that comes Self Scientific’s next venture, which represents much of what has been going on since their debut with the aptly titled Change.
Chace and Khalil have really taken their craft to the next level with Change. As the title represents, the group has gone through some very beneficial changes, and through that, represent a shift with their sound that fits them to a tee. Khalil’s production on this album could instantly thrust him to the upper crust of producers, if it is heard by the right people. The oozing soul of “Tears” and moving melodies of “Love Bird” contrast sharply with the head banging “King Kong” and adrenaline pumping “Balance”, but it never interrupts the overall vibe of the album. Khalil’s ability to shift gears so beautifully is something to behold.
As musically inclined as Khalil has become, it is also pleasing to know that Chace is no slouch on the mic. He pours himself into the album and makes sure that this doesn’t become a Khalil showcase. His crafty observation of the struggle within artists and minorities is certainly a breath of fresh air on “Tears.” When paired with Bun B on the rock solid “King Kong”, Chace excels again as the pounding bass line thrives and Bun B surprises many who thought he just did the “southern thing.”
Every album has its downs that go along with the ups, and this album only has one real downer. When King Tech gives you a disclaimer for a club song, you know that this may be an ill advised move. “2 Step” may bounce with Khalil’s thriving basslines, but Chace’s simplistic lyrics and hook doesn’t really convey the type of emcee that Chace is. Sure, it can be seen as dumbing down in order to gain more fans, but you wouldn’t want those new fans expecting more “2 Step” than “Tears.” Fortunately, this is the only blaring fault on the album.
Change is certainly an album that will be slept on, but if it lands in the right hands it will hold its own amongst any release this year. Khalil and Chace Infinite have delivered a solid album and most definitely have many awaiting their next release. And for Self Scientific, this is something they have got to be proud of.
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