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12 January, 2006@12:00 am

   Sure as the sunrise, you know that Rasco will drop an album. It’s like clockwork. So as Rasco continues his foray into the hip hop game one has to wonder “will things be different this time around?” For most Rasco fans, they already rely on Rasco to give them consistency. But sometimes consistency just isn’t enough for the listener. Sometimes progression is all they ask for. But how hard is it for someone who is as dead on each time as Rasco. The flow is the same, the beats are there so how much different can it be. Well all of that is put to the test with The Dick Swanson Theory.
    Well kids, I must let you know that The Dick Swanson Theory does not provide any dramatic fireworks that would stretch it too far beyond the Rasco fan base’s imagination. But that does not mean that this album is wack, not by any means. Rasco immediately puts his style to the test on “Pressures of Life” and clues the listener in on the fact that ain’t shit really changed since his last album. Planet Asia rolls thru for a little mic manipulation (Cali Agents style) on “Backdown” and once again proves that ain’t shit really changed but the calendar date. Rasco still administers the same lyrical arsenal and content but with a tad different flavor. So if you are asking, yes Rasco is from the Bay and will crush a wack emcee in a heartbeat.
    Rasco does try his hand at some different combinations of guests as Aesop Rock causes lyrical bedlam on the aptly titled “World’s Collide.” He also dials up the self proclaimed “King of the West Coast”, Ras Kass, for a little rhyme trading on “Making the Rounds.” Both collabs come up solid while Rasco holds steady alongside his rhyming counterparts.
    What about the beats you ask? That has been the one inconsistency that Rasco hasn’t quite overcome as of yet. The Dick Swanson Theory avoids any question for his ear with some extremely solid production. Asamov’s resident beatmaker, Willie Evans Jr, drops off two gems. “No Love” is beautifully crafted for Rasco to release an unrelenting lyrical arsenal. “This Is How It Goes Down” pits Rasco and Opio together for what can be considered the album’s strongest cut. Opio steals the show on this one but the duo, combined with Willie’s production, prove to be lethal. Oh No even drops off a jewel with “Chances” and Polyhedron completely blesses “Lightin It Up” with a beautiful touch of production. Even “Emotions” bangs although it is just an instrumental interlude.
    So what have we learned today kids? Well as much as we’d like to see Rasco switch up his flow the fact is that he won’t. But does that mean that he’s a bad emcee? No. Just a solid “I-Know-What-I’m-Getting-Every-Time-Out” emcee that, as long as you are a fan, is reliable to put out a concrete piece of work

  Mixtape D.L.
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