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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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16 Responses to "Cormega – “Mega Philosophy” – @@@1/2 (Review)"
  • Chad says:

    DT, how you are allowed to review Lps is beyond me. The great ones you run down, and the shitty ones get high marks. Are you high? This is one of the best of the year, right up there with PTSD, listen again.

  • Fat Lever says:

    3.5? For real? Mega’s not “complaining”, he’s being brutally honest.

    More and Rise are 2 incredibly dope cuts, considering the content behind them as well.

    Totally overlooked are the lyrics from start to finish. A New Day begins drops tons of jewels, and then while the hook on Valuable Lessons could have been better, the introspection and honesty is really refreshing.

    This album is a 4.5 to me. If Mega and LP had 2-3 more tracks of the quality of the overall album, it’s a classic. Even still, it’s knocking on that door regardless.

  • The Man the Myth says:

    I don’t know man, I have never been a huge fan of Mega. I’ve heard almost everything in his catalog, and most of it is solid, but nothing mind melting. Lyrics are solid, but just can’t get into his flow or voice. Beats are also not very good on this album. I kept hearing great things about this album, so I dl’d it and it just didn’t do it for me. Kind of a snoozer, just like the Common album for me.

  • Battlehound says:

    Yo Chad harsh on DT. His review is spot on. Mega album is solid but nothing outstanding. He on the same plain as AZ when it comes to content. Mega is like an indie film maker. He knows his audience and reps for them and never comes out of his comfort zone

  • adam says:

    “Mega more mature, I’m on a record with Nature, minding my paper…” yea that is from QB’s Finest in 2000. What’s so surprising OR revealing about this song w/ Nature? This is def NOT the first time Mega and Nat have been on a song together (see 2007′s WHO AM I?). Did you even listen to the song?? How about the whole album???

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