Five Deez is a crew that delivers hip hop from a different angle. While retaining the crew concept, Five Deez is powered by Fat Jon’s hybrid of deep house meets jazzy hip hop vibes. With two releases under their belt (the voracious debut KoolMotor and the solid follow up Kinkynasti) Five Deez hit you once again with another offering of hip hop from a different angle with their third album Kommunicator.
With the crew spreading outside of Cincinnati (now in Berlin, NY and the Natti), Five Deez doesn’t lose a step in retaining their signature vibe. The obvious force behind the albums is the criminally underappreciated production of Cincy to Berlin transplant Fat Jon. His production is simply breathtaking. For those who haven’t found their way onto the Fat Jon bandwagon, Kommunicator is yet another chance to get familiar with their distinctive sound. In other words: Stop sleeping! Joints such as the aquatic soul filled “Black Rushmore” and the flat out retarded instrumental “Fifth Degree” (the best example of the Five Deez sound) exemplify Jon’s underrated production.
The chemistry follows closely in the footsteps of Koolmotor and Kinkynasti, with Kommunicator falling just short of Koolmotor, yet delivering better than Kinkynasti could. The Deez come correct on the amped up “Fugg That” as Pase Rock, Kyle David and Sonic provide adrenaline filled lyrics to keep the listener engaged in both lyricism, as well as the rolling production. But like their previous releases, the listener may get so damn caught up in the production that lyrics become complimentary. Fortunately, the emcees hold their own well enough to not be called out for ruining beautiful production. “BMW” is another example of excellent production taking the spotlight from the emcees.
With Kommunicator, Five Deez deliver yet again an album full of worthy moments. Striking grooves couples with solid lyricism holds this album down. Although it is just too short for its own good, Kommunicator does just enough to keep fans happy. Some may yearn to hear Jon lend his talents to other significant emcees, but it seems as if Jon is comfortable with where he is at. Which means in order to get a hold of Jon’s massive talent, you’ll have to look long and hard to find this rare gem of an album.
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