Groups are often plagued by the pressures of producing a second effort, & fall to the "Jinx" of releasing a mediocre "Sophomore" follow-up. Visionaries cleverly title their second album "Sophomore Jinx," & whisk past the pressures of "topping" their first album, & create a work simply for the love of creation. The glimmering track on "LA Fresh" echoes sunny Southern California with lyrics commemorating life in the county of Los Angeles. "Come One Come All" fuses verses of fury by Lord Zen & 2Mex (vocal), & the incorporation of a Rhettmatic scratch verse over a double-time Key Kool rhythm. "Self-Sufficient" is an anthem for independence, utilizing the lyrics of the N.W.A. classic, "Gangsta Gangsta," & twisting them to pertain to hip-hop & the b-boy/b-girl mentality. Dilated Junkie, Babu brings production on the bouncy "Making Things Right," & the Funky President JROCC contributes on "Honorable Mention." Studio engineer & producer, Mum's the Word steps in on the airy moving crowd favorite "Reach," while C.V.E.'s (Project Blowed/Afterlife) Ridlore's "Everyone is Lying" is on some next ish. The 19 songs of "Sophomore Jinx" are layered with spiritual & cryptic messages. One dimensional listening will not do this record justice. Labeled by some as an album that may be "too ahead of its time," listeners with an open heart, mind, & clear vision will understand & rejoice in this celebration of life & music.