Queensbridge legend and one time member of The Firm, Cormega, returns with his first new album in several years, Mega Philosophy. Under the watchful eye of The Large Professor, whom produces the entire thing, Cormega’s latest is less about the struggle, and more about life lessons he’s learned throughout his time in the rap game.
There’s a fair amount of complaining from Mega on this release, as songs like the opening track, “A New Day Begins” and the brutally honest “Industry” examine how the music industry exploits the poor. Mega makes poignant observations on the latter, that will have you nodding and verbally agreeing with him like the most on point preacher’s sunday sermon.
“This is business, they don’t care about your lyrics / The better you sell, the better future for their children / Controversy sells so they support conflict / Makes more progress means more profit / And artists get killed they say they so sorry / Meanwhile they tell you the date of his next project / What a life, death made it more profit / Record companies get paid for your drama…”
These are the kind of lyrics record companies don’t want you to hear, and the kind that artists signed to them are too afraid to speak.
Mega definitely has some standout moments here in terms of collaborations, such as on “MARS (Dream Team)”, where “M.A.R.S.” is obviously an acronym for ‘Mega, AZ, Redman, and Styles P. It’s a random ass collection of rap legends crammed into one cut, but damn if they don’t sound fresh over Extra P’s production. Later on “Honorable”, Raekwon pops up, while “D.U. (Divine Unity)” finds Mega and Nature putting their past Firm-related beefs aside in a surprising, revealing collaboration.
But while Mega Philosophy has its strong points, it’s not without its weaknesses either. Both “Rise” and “More” suffer from paltry R&B hooks. Meanwhile, the production is more or less solid, but not compared to the mind-blowing, genre-defining tracks of Large Pro’s past.
Its nice to see Cormega back doing his thing, especially under the supervision of Large Professor. While by no means a classic, the perspective of artists like these is still much needed in this slowly dying art form.
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