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Written by: Robbie Ettelson
Meyhem has just delivered the first of several collaborative projects with a single producer (next up is his DJ Muggs project), which thankfully proves to be a trimmed-down affair in light of his “everything and the kitchen sink” debut album, Self Induced Illness. His following two projects benefited from more focus, and having Buckwild at the helm for the whole of Silk Pyramids certainly pays off.
1. 100 MPH featuring Action Bronson
Bronson and Laurenovich always compliment each other well vocally, and Buck’s female-vocal based beat provides a suitable backdrop for the Outdoorsman festivities.
2. Love and Loyalty
When left to his own devices, Meyhem can have a tendency to get a little monotone to the point where it’s easy to zone out on his raps, which is unfortunately the case here because of the slower tempo.
3. Q.U. Cartilage featuring P.F. Cuttin
Things get back on track here, as PF Cuttin’ laces some carefully chosen vocal scratches for hook and Mey sounds more comfortable over the late-night creep of the instrumental.
4. Salmon Croquettes featuring AG Da Coroner
The combination of my two pet hates – fairground organ loops and semi-Shout Rap – mean that not even an amusingly offensive verse from Da Coroner can save the day.
5. Can’t Fuck ’em All
This ode to the headaches of having too many side chicks on the boil should be a familiar story to any distinguished CRC gentlemen, and the horn-driven tracks swings it to the area, as Kool Kim once said.
6. Narcotics Anonymous featuring Heems (of Das Racist)
Much as I’m loathe to admit it, the Das Racist dude’s wacky style actually comes off in the context of this whoola inspiried drug music. Who’d a thunk it?
7. Honey Champagne Sorbet
This joint does gets the job done withoout being particularly memorable either.
8. Street Hop featuring Troy Ave & RetcH
Unfortunately this beat was already used by Party Arty‘s former partner in rhyme D-Flow on his mixtape last year, which takes a little of the shine off of it because I’m a fussy prick like that.
9. Aztec Blue featuring Hologram
Buckwild presents his own interpretation of the loop that you’ll recall from the Madvillian LP, and does a better job flipping it for Meyhem’s opportunity to reminisce over the ol’ days on the hustle.
10. I Need It All
Another fairground organ loop? Next!
11. Where The $ At featuring Thirstin Howl III
The Skillionaire himself gets Meyhem amped up to the point where he catches a 90’s Shout Hook flashback.
12. Silk Shirts And Yellow Gold
Meyhem hits his stride here, as this tempo seems to be best suited his vocal delivery and the backing track rolls along nicely.
13. Been Official
Saving the best for last, Buck throws Mey the best loop of the album for this triumphant finale. Bonus points for dropping the term “Outfit Architecture” in a verse as well.
With only a handful of flat spots, Silk Pyramids is easily the strongest Meyhem album yet, with “Been Official”, “Narcotics Anonymous” and “Aztec Blue” providing the highlights.
Rating: 3.5 Budvar’s out of 5.
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