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What may at first be offsetting to those who have heard Eyedea before is that this is not in any way, shape, or form a battle CD. The lyrical material is not only incredibly clever and a great exsample of Eyedea's talent, but the subject matter is in most places heartfelt and challenges the mind of the listener. In his rhymes one can hear traces of Del the Funky Homosapian, Redman, and The Guru, but with what he takes from these obvious influences his style is all his own.
Abilities' production, despite much criticism I feel is better than 99% of hip-hop albums out there. I believe that he is only criticised because his music does not fit into the box that most hip-hop producers work in. His music, which has been called boring I feel is more interesting than any other indie-rap album I've heard in the past few years. Many of the beats are ambient and dark, and provide a perfect backdrop for eyedea's often dark flows.
My main criticism of this album is that sometimes Eyedea gets lost in his purpose of provoking thoughts in his listeners that in some places one would notice him possibly trying a little too hard, and reaching for something that isn't there. Also I think that in his being lost in his purpose he may also go over the listeners heads, which might be what he's trying to do anyway.
In conclusion I highly recomend this album, and I have given it four stars because it falls just short of being a masterpiece. Other similar Indie hip-hop artists that you may want to check out if you are into this album are Adeem, Brother Ali, Aesop Rock, Mars Ill, and Mosab. Get it... Just Get it bub.
Aside from that annoyance, this album is damn good. It's one of the better hip hop albums that's come out in the last 10 years, and also one that's kind of difficult to find any more (without some digging).
The problem with this album (if it's a problem) is that most people tend to find hip hop that's on the radio, and this will never ever make it there. If it does, I'll be amazingly impressed, but... I don't see it happening. Eyedea is a master of wordplay and has written some great songs (Birth of A Fish and Big Shots are my favorite tracks on here), but has written some toungue twisters/riddles that don't fit the "standard stereotype" of hip hop. (I really like On This I Stand, too)
The other thing about this album is that it's the first of Eyedea & Abilities records to the public, and in comparison to The Many Faces Of Oliver Hart or E&A day, this seems a little... young. It's really good, but it's as if they hadn't polished their style quite yet and were "still searching". Part of this concept is what makes this album great, though as they made some more "standard" tracks on this album and it turned out to be a fantastic purchase.
If you're a fan of anything Rhymesayers or "Underground" hip hop, this is an album you should own.
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Another excellent album for anyone who loves or appreciates independent rap. A&E are simply amazing.Published on July 12, 2014 by Joel Chesney
This is a superb album. Eyedea raps about a wide variety of topics from philosophical ideas to wack mc's. My favorite track on the album is birth of a fish. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Eric
This is hiphop at its finest a must have its a shame the talent of eyedea was ended at such a young age.Published on June 7, 2013 by grinch
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