Release Date: Feb 7, 2006
Record label: DECON
Genre(s): Indie, Rap
For years, underground rap producers have been enjoined to stop creating myopic beat symphonies (often instrumental) and start working with real live rappers. For that reason, it's a rare thrill to see one of the underground's finest producers (Rjd2) providing beats for Freestyle Fellowship veteran Aceyalone on Acey's sixth album, Magnificent City (although the hubris of that co-billing -- "Accompanied by Rjd2" is listed on the cover -- can be a mite grating). The producer's two tracks on Aceyalone's 2003 record Love & Hate were solid, and his work here is even more impressive.
Aceyalone & RJD2 :: Magnificent CityProject Blowed/DeconAuthor: Tom DoggettI had a big weekend of music planned. I spend much of my free time wading through my collection anyway, but I have been in an especially musical mood lately. Alas, I only got halfway through my first selection, "Paul's Boutique," before "Magnificent City" arrived, and the arduous task of fully absorbing a record in three days began.