Zo's finally on the rise.,
This review is from: Overdue Process (Audio CD)
Insightful, conscious and just flat out crazy, Overdue Process is an abundance of adjectives, synonymous and eargasms. From the intro, ZO! molests your ears with a beautiful thirty-second piano riff before Asylum 7 steps to the mic right to introduce you to the best forty-nine minutes and twelve seconds of your life; otherwise known as Overdue Process.
The intro flows seamlessly into the albums second track "Timeline," where over the same beat, Asylum 7, or A7 as he introduces himself, breaks down his life as a child growing up in the streets of Detroit: chronicling his progression to an emcee throughout his life.
A7 takes his perspicacious flow on "Mentality Maker," to motivate "my black people to stay strong, even if the road to liberation is too much to take on." A7 seeks to uplift an otherwise desolate generation and show them that it's about your mentality and approach on life. As he says on the track, "Things manifest, depending on what you believe in." Spitting about being who you are and not what they want you to be has never sounded so good before.
Probably the illest song on the album, "Crossover" features Miz Korona as she joins A7 in a lyrical homicide of the studio. They go in over the ZO! laced murder-mystery, bassy beat bragging about how they will destroy any competition on the mic without crossing over to commercial play. If you don't know already, then you need to "wake up and smell the Folgers combination of A7 & Korona, like we told ya'." "Crossover" is arguably the best track on the album and features a candidate for best guest appearance of the year. Korona's great with aim when she bangs with all calibers, hit a rappers' brain and make it hang like a cantaloupe. OW!
Getting to the heart of politics, A7 opens "Resistance Is Futile," with an open-handed slap to the face of Michigan's governor, "Yo, [I'm] not feeling our government, man - or the politicians that represent us. Detroit, Michigan: economical nightmare. Thanks, Jennifer [Granholm]." A7 shows just how deep his lyrical prowess and overall knowledge runs. He definitely gets his Zeitgeist/Matrix flow on and gives you true, deep and insightful food for thought about the way our government has been run with lines like, "...the Republican dreams of globalism, yet they try to tell you that it's multi-culturalism/simplify the domination under one system/and objectify the intelligent rebels who choose not to listen."
ZO! takes a vocal sample from Kurtis Blow to perfectly describe the track, "One Bad Thing," with, "So why is it got to be so damn [tough]." A7 mixes the Slick Rick story-telling prowess and blends it with his intellectual flow to describe a day in the life of someone who's starting his day off bad like most of us. As he wakes up, everything seems to go wrong. From stubbing his toe getting out of bed, to being demoted at work after his first time being late, A7 perfectly describes one of the days we've all had.
ZO! and Asylum 7 take the best of both their worlds to create one of the best albums of 2009. They are quite possibly, the best producer/emcee duo since Gangstarr. Your year will not be complete without a copy of Overdue Process.
I need justice, emcees need bumrushing, believe
If you steppin' up to me then you will leave with concussions
And as a painter drawin' blood up on the canvas
Digitally at an advantage, scandalous
I graduated from an employee to management
Call it economics, so supplied they demand I spit
A little math, multiply the plan by six, reinforcement with USM standin' by this
Don't sleep on Zo! isht this is classic material.