17 May, 2011@4:44 pm
It’s pure coincidence that Kaimbr’s government name is Al Green. Still, some higher power must have known they were creating the nucleus of the 13-track, Albert Green inspired opus titled The Alexander Green Project. Anyone familiar with Kev Brown knows a canvas created entirely of his Al Green sampled beats is enough to carry even a mediocre MC. But each member of the Low Budget Crew is exceptional and unique; distinct in voice and style. Many theme projects fail to deliver, usually by either missing the listener with its concept, or falling short of the ideal. The Alexander Green Project hits both notes without resting upon the magnificence of Al Green’s catalog.
Equally superb in quality and arrangement; this project can be played in its entirety at every listen, and is concise enough to do it twice. All members of the crew shine, with assists from Kenn Starr, Sean Born, DJ Roddy Rod, Hassan Mackey and DJ Marshall Law; Quartermaine and Cy Young with their own interludes. One can only revel in these cuts like “Army Fatigue Rap” and “The Combination.” As each emcee tags in it’s as if one fuels the next; the energy transfer electric. Reaching outside of the crew; Asher Roth and The Kid Daytona appear on “More Gritz,” adding their own seasoning to the pot.
Kaimbr emerges as the consummate storyteller; whether of street instances in “Three Sixty”, real life reflections in “My Apology” or fantasies, like the rap pirate world in “Hook.” Wordplay is his forte, alternating internal and external rhymes that keep your brain dancing through bars, best demonstrated on “Solid” and “Firewater.” As sole producer, Kev Brown manages to flip and bounce familiar samples into fresh sequences while living up to his signature soulful sound. Delightfully, he also shows up lyrically on several tracks, reminding us that the gifted misfit also has skills on the mic.
The Alexander Green Project can come off as a crew album, only that’s not a bad thing. Reminiscent of the Native Tongues, Low Budget reminds us of a time when a true rap crew existed. Not a group, or a super group, but a team of likeminded artists that have fun making music and are painfully good at it. In that spirit, this release is effortlessly kragenoff.
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