Masta Menace - Tha Keystone King
I've dreaded this review for a while, simply cause my love for reviewing is falling by the wayside. It's too few and far in between diamonds to endure the roughs. What doesn't kill us...makes us....yeah you get the picture. The Keystone King is the first nugget of digital files, can the Pennsylvanian raised rapper re-ignite my review desires?
Going straight to the heart of a long disc, "101 1's" is the best intro track to Masta Menace. Also known as The Keystone King, Menace has a strong definition and harmonic production in delivering lyrics. "Who He Think He Is" and "M-E-N-A-C-E" have vocal echo effects. Maybe I've been in Texas too long, but I can imagine this album chopped.
"I talk to tha beat" has me doing a doubletake on my media player. A lot of repetition strung together and a grimey production sits well with me. Cheesey, but convicting, lyrics are at a strong potential. The right thoughts are being had when lyrics come off, "I paid my dues, I got the receipt" Some songs like "Top 5", are the stereotypical Rap lyricism that in all truth, would probably offend most women.
"PA On My Back", has a more of a electronic master mix shelving for a hyped up verse-chorus-verse. Old school hip hop synth and beats are visited often, such as the following track "Dreams", that are more layered boundary to get across a lyrical belief. Mostly produced by Pittsburgh based DJ, Lil rice, I'm impressed, and fairly refreshed that even Rap has some budding Hip Hop artists.
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