Filed under: Albums,Bronx Bombers,Reviews,Strong Island
Written by: Robbie Ettelson
You know how there’s always those dream team-ups that never seem to happen? “Imagine if so and so did an whole album with whatshisname!” That’s actually become a reality with the arrival of The Gas. Roc Marciano, Boss Money & Milano killing shit over hard-as-nails P Brothers beats? On paper, you can’t go wrong. After spending a day with this in constant rotation, I’m happy to report that DJ Ivory and Paul S have exceeded every expectation I had for this project. Collecting previously vinyl-only material with all new tracks, P Bros. avoid the usual producer/DJ album mistakes of randomly cramming hundreds of guest rappers on every track and hoping something will stick. Delivering some of the most stripped-back, speaker-smashing production since the glory days of the Rick Rubin/Jazzy Jay sound that made Def Jam what it was, the focus is always on the MC.
When it was first released a couple of years ago, ‘Blam Blam For Nottingham’ was one of the hardest records I’d heard in a long time, and it hasn’t lost any of it’s punch here. The crowning achievement of this album, however, is a track called ‘Caviar’ featuring LI mentalist Roc Marciano. Not only does this manage to match the incredible ‘Game of Death’, but it actually brought back that feeling of hearing ‘Halftime’ for the first time – it’s that good. Elsewhere, Milano is given a variety of different backdrops to flex his Uptown bounce over, while Tray Bag and Eddie Cheeba show the suckers how it’s done in true Pelon fashion. Lesser known but still dope crew Res Connected and soloist $amhil also deliver, making The Gas a rare breed in this day and age – a skip-proof album.
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