One of the things I’ve loved about the progression of hip hop throughout the years is that we’ve FINALLY taken the god Rakim’s line of “it ain’t where you’re from it’s where you’re at” to heart. For years, if you weren’t from NYC you had to fight tooth and nail to be heard, let alone to be taken serious. Now in 2010, you can be from anywhere in the world as long as you’re nice, hip hop welcomes you with open arms.
Whenever I think about the Detroit hip hop scene, the first person who instantly comes to mind is one of the most incredible producers to ever touch a MPC, J Dilla. I can remember finding out Dilla was from “The D” and being like “Detroit cats do hip hop?” Umm…yeah, Detroit cats do hip hop and they do it well. Throughout the years, some of the dopest MC’s and producers have come out the D. In fact, Pharoah Monch one of NYC’s finest looked to the D when recording his sophomore album “Desire” with Black Milk and Mr. Porter producing a nice bulk of it. So with Detroit having a nice piece of stock in hip hop right now, the question at hand is how does one of the D’s native sons, Magestik Legend’s debut album “The Great Escape” fit into the D’s hip hop portfolio.
The album sets off with “Scream” and “Starter Pistol” with Guilty Simpson and both have that classic “D sound” to ’em and are cool, but to me the album starts to heat up with track #6, “Feel What I Feel” featuring Fes Roc and from that point on in the album you’re good to go. “All Eye Know” is flat out bananas and producer 14KT chops the hell out of the sample he uses for “Eye Need You”. But there are two things that I really like the about the Great Escape. Number one being the fact that Magestik isn’t just rappin to rap…he’s actually saying something. “Hey You” deals with Magestik getting some love from his fans through the net and “Follow Through” talks about dealing with cats being hypocrites and the chorus says it all, “you know you watch me get high all the time, I know you watch me, just do as I say, don’t always do as I do, yeah I’m trying to walk straight but I’m a human like you.” The 2nd thing I really enjoy about this album is Magestik’s producer, Astronote’s beats. Money produced 16 of the album’s 18 cuts and comes off throughout the bulk of the album.
My only real beef with the Great Escape is that there are some tracks that don’t hit the mark to me and if it could’ve been shaved down from 18 tracks to maybe 12, we’d be looking at a much tighter album. But at the end of the day, if you’re looking for some dope hip hop to bang out to, you won’t go wrong in any way with Magestik Legend’s Great Escape. Cop it over at www.Majestiklegend.bandcamp.com
3.5 outta 5