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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
You know how sometimes you wait for something for such a long time that you begin to doubt that it will ever happen? This record was almost like that, except for the fact it actually came out last Friday! Rather than unleash 14 tracks of Bitter Old Man Rap, which would be somewhat understandable coming from a 20-year veteran not named Nasty Nas, Trem has delivered a remarkably well-rounded testament to perfectionism and the humble art of mastering your craft. Equal parts fiercely traditional yet unmistakably modern, For The Term Of His Natural Life sticks to the classic rap album blueprint while never neglecting to refine and improves the timeless recipe. Nothing on here sounds eager to please or compromised – Trem simply climbs out of the dungeons of rap, plants the flag and dares the competition to try and step up to the challenge accomplishment. Witty wordplay scales the often treacherous peaks of the Brag Rap mountain, but don’t get it twisted and confuse this anything retro or throwback.
This is a cutting-edge collection of finely crafted tales of the come-up, declarations of verbal supremacy and tributes to the often neglected disciplines of bombing, digging and scratch hooks. Trem also expands his sonic range by enlisting production duties from across the globe, with carefully selected audio contributions from the US, UK, Germany and Australia combining with the self-produced tracks to deliver a varied yet cohesive package of hard drums and melancholy keys. It would also be remiss of me to neglect to mention the outstanding zigga-zigga on display here, as the mighty DJ Revolution, DJ Bonez, DJ Dcide and Trem himself slice and dice a vast tapestry of classic rap quotes with surgeon-like precision, serving as a timely reminder that nothing can fuck with a well-orchestrated scratch hook.
With guest spots kept to a minimum, it’s safe to say that this record exceeds the heavy weight of expectation that may have crushed a less well-orchestrated audio onslaught. It’s not easy to keep the faith in regards to this rap shit sometimes, let’s just be thankful that Trem decided to stick to his guns and craft his solo debut the way he must envisioned over twenty years ago. Job done…
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