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17 June, 2011@2:34 pm

Philadelphia emcee/producer Has-Lo’s journey has been described as “a slow burn”. After receiving his first break in 2007 via MTVU’s “Best Music on Campus” contest, a contest in which he placed in the top 5, Has-Lo signed with indie label Mello Music Group in 2010. In Case I Don’t Make It is the emcee’s first official commercial release. With an impressive slew of singles already released, Has-Lo looks to bring us the full menu.

In Case I Don’t Make It is short, 15 track opus produced entirely by Has-Lo. The production throughout is dark and brooding, starting immediately with the lead track “Utero”, an introspective track that finds Has-Lo musing about his deep inner thoughts as the emcee drops lyrics such as:

Look behind Has-Lo’s eyes a hive mind/I fight inside for inner peace with each side.Ironic. I’ll bit your head off/Hand you your necklace back. Put some ice on it /Life’s boring I sleep mine away/Dream lucidly try and see how deep I can fade.

The first five tracks of In Case I Don’t Make It all follow suit, as Has-Lo’s brooding production takes us through a dark journey. The album picks up with the standout “Limit” as Has-Lo flips Bob James’ classic and oft sampled “Nautilus”. Lyrically, the emcee kills it, using the track as a perfect outlet to vent his frustrations. With “Limit” serving as a catalyst, In Case I Don’t Make It picks up steam immediately. Tracks such as, “Untitled #1”, “Forgotten Styles” , “Untitled #2” and “Years Later” are all impressive as Has-Lo’s personality comes on full display. “Subliminal Oppression” features fantastic production, lending a head nodding backdrop to Has-Lo’s musings. The title track “In Case I Don’t Make it” ends the album as the introspective lyrics find Has-Lo talking about his pain; regarding how he was treated as a young kid and also in regards to the relationship with his father.

In Case I Don’t Make It is described as “a dark journey though a mind at the tipping point.” The statement is absolutely true. The album is packed with dark imagery and moody production as Has-Lo drops melancholy musings & storytelling. With that said, In Case I Don’t Make It isn’t for everybody. The production is slow at times and Has-Lo’s stream of consciousness flow gets monotonous from time to time. However, In Case I Don’t Make It remains a well crafted, honest album that deserves a listen.

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0 Responses to "Has-Lo – "In Case I Don't Make It"- @@@1/2 (Review)"
  • Hodges says:

    Kid is nice. Shouldve given him an extra half star because he produced his whole joint. Intelligent brother with an ear for how street hip hop is supposed to sound. Puts me in sort of a GZA vibe.

  • TomL says:

    Seriously, you couldn’t give him 4 stars… I think officer ricky has this site on lockdown

  • chad says:

    You guys have really gone awry in what you favor. Has the mainstream taken over your brains? No offense intended, but this should stand as one of the top five albums of the year. Maybe my head is still stuck in the mid-90s, but nothing that has come out in the last three years even comes close to this. All this review needs is 1 1/2 @s added and a quote somewhere citing has-Lo “channeling rakim’ and it’d be accurate.

  • Marty Mcfly says:

    You underground hiphop nerds make me laugh. So this album is the top 5 albums of the year? Really? This shit was straight up boring as hell. The beats were snooze material and if you were even able to stay awake through those to listen to his lyrics, you’d catch a few depressing rhymes about how his life sucks and how he doesn’t trust anybody. Yeah, that’s real inspiring stuff right there. Rick Ross is terrible, so lets compare this to something more on the lyrical side. Compare this to the new Skyzoo record, or Big KRIT and this Has-Lo is straight up nap inspiring. Those two albums had ill, energetic beats and rhymes. At best this Has-Lo is cool to have in the background, but it’s not something I’d bang in the Ipod on the daily. Ya’ll should get off his nuts just because hes not rapping about coke and women. Shit was still boring.

  • chad says:

    Hello mcfly! Is anyone home? The club homos, booty rappers, and fake drug dealers on wax are the boring ones. There’s nothing creative about a woman’s ass, or dealing drugs, and clubs are straight-up boring after ten minutes. Nothing being promoted on the radio has any value.

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