5 June, 2014@11:00 pm
Coming from the Outdoorsmen camp, which also includes Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren builds upon an already solid underground fanbase with his latest release, Silk Pyramids, produced by legendary DITC beatsmith, Buckwild.
The state of New York street-hop has been in flux, as of late, as many artists from the city have chosen to ride with southern rap styles in an attempt to go mainstream. Both Meyhem Lauren and Action Bronson have done their best to keep the original boom-bap sound alive, and that comes through on the album’s opening cut, “100 MPH”, which features both artists. After that, its up to Meyhem to carry the torch solo, despite a few solid guest spots here and there.
As far as the production, those looking for a sequel to Celph Titled and Buckwild’s Nineteen Ninety Now will be sorely disappointed, as Buck leaves the echoing saxophones behind, for more modern styles of production. Well, maybe “modern” isn’t the best word; this is hardly Black Rob’s “Whoa”, its more akin to the D.I.T.C. 12″ era, on songs like “Love and Loyalty” or “Narcotics Anonymous”, which you can just hear Fat Joe or A.G. rhyming over, despite their absence.
While Meyhem does carry the trademark, off-the-wall sense of humor of his more successful bearded counterpart (his last album was called Mandatory Brunch Meetings. This one is called Silk Pyramids; think about that for a minute), he isn’t quite as compelling on the mic. Still, we do get moments of greatness here, such as on “Aztec Blue” (a flip of Doom’s “One Beer” sample by Cortex), where Hologram delivers some laugh out loud lines: “the only hashtags, the price of the hash, f*g / I sell your mother a bad bag / that skate out to Baghdad.” And who can be mad at a Thirstin Howl III guest spot on “Where The $ At”?
All in all, this is classically composed Q-Boro / Bronx bred street hop, but it doesn’t change the world or rewrite the rules of the genre. Considering that this type of music is an endangered species as it is, Silk Pyramids provides ample satisfaction, nonetheless.
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