Release Date: Jul 7, 2009
Record label: DECON
Due to his distinct sub-baritone cadence, Chali 2na has called himself "the verbal Herman Munster, the word enhancer," but fans know him best as Jurassic 5's main attraction. Now, two years after the barbershoppy crew's breakup, the Justin Timberlake of J5 delivers his solo debut, with predictably solid results. [rssbreak] There's no doubt that 2na's low flow and staccato diction can carry a record (it carried a whole group for years), especially over the neat, melodious loops found here.
Since Jurassic 5 dropped its self-titled debut in 1998, hip-hop fans across the spectrum knew something they had something great on their hands. Sure, some of the group’s rhymes were “safe” and, as the fan base grew, it was apparent that white listeners were the primary audience. But to the latter complaint, I say: So what? Race, in this case, should be a non-issue by now.