The (way too) long-awaited album from Chicago's Rhymefest – featuring standout production by the mighty No ID, Cool & Dre, Mark Ronson and others, plus a big
hooky track from Just Blaze for good measure – and appearances by Kanye, Mike Payne, Mikkey & Bump J, Mario, and a goofy send off from the late ODB! We've been flying the flag for Rhymefest from his appearances on mixtapes, at one point literally BEGGING the world to pay attention, and we couldn't be happier that he's not only got a national platform w/
Mark Ronson's Allido label, but he was actually allowed shine in his tried-and-true fashion (hence the title), rather than copping to a big
star hip hop celebrity makeover. On top
of that, any cat who a) rhymes over a Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings sample on his major label debut, and b) manages to make a Strokes sample sound funky (with a little help from Ronson) deserves the f***in' spotlight. Includes "Feel Free (Intro)" feat Q-Tip, "Dynomite (Going Postal)", the great single "Brand New" feat Kanye West, "Chicago-Rillas" feat Mikkey & Bump J, "Stick", "All Girls Cheat" feat Mario, "Sister" feat Mike Payne, "Bullet" feat Citizen Cope", "Build Me Up" feat ODB and more.
(Promo in a J Records sleeve.)