Little Brother and the Justus League aren’t the only emcees to come out of the North Carolina area. Supastition has slowly been carving his own niche in the southern area with his crafty wordplay and in your face style. He surprised many with standout track “The Williams” (produced by an upstart Nicolay) and went on to raise a few eyebrows with his solo outing The Deadline. So now as the momentum has continued to build, Supastition has wasted no time in delivering the follow up to his debut, Chain Letters.
If there was an issue with his first album, it would have to be that the production didn’t quite hold up to Supastition’s wee average lyrical barrage. This time Supa has enlisted the likes of Illmind, M-Phazes and Nicolay to provide a sufficient enough backdrop for Supa to paint his lyrical mastery.
While the album does showcase his lyrical dexterity, Supastition’s highlights come in the form of concept songs. “A Baby Story” is a compelling narrative about the pitfalls of materialism. Although the conclusion can be viewed as a bit absurd, Supastition’s brutally honest narration drives the point home in stellar fashion. Supa continues to bring forth interesting concepts with “Split Decisions” which is recalls a love affair ruined based on certain decisions. Supa even delivers the humorous ode to the ladies that aren’t all that they are blown up to be on “Special Treatment.” Check for the laugh out loud third verse that possibly a few emcees can relate to.
When Supa chooses to let it rip, the results are pretty satisfying. The triumphant horns of “Rise” allow Supa to lament about the hard work it took to get where he’s at today. “Hate My Face” is driven by Jake One’s pounding production and Supa does it a bit of justice by menacing the track with reasons why people should hate Supastition. Another worthy moment is “That Ain’t Me” where Supastiton lets it be known that he is far from the “crunk-isms” that dominate the southern region.
Although there are a few moments that just don’t deliver the snap and spunk (mainly because of the production) of the aforementioned tracks (the so-so “Blood Brothers” and “Always” are good but after hearing the rest of the album it is safe to say he can and will do better), Chain Letters is a resounding success for Supastition. For one, he proves that Phonte and Big Pooh aren’t the only true emcees to come out of North Carolina and he also showcases a talent that will be of great interest to observe blossom in the near future.
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