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Robust: Fillin In The Potholes

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Back in 2004 Galapagos4 released the official debut album of an up and coming Chicago MC named Robust entitled "Potholes in Our Molecules". Considered an independent hip hop classic in many circles, the album captured the essence of a young pessimist's take on the world from a 'glass half empty' perspective. Often riding the thin line between the popular abstract styles of the time, and classical boom bap rooted production and lyricism. It stands today as an audible record of a young Chi-Town rapper finding his own unique voice in the often redundant world of underground hip hop.

8 years, 7 releases, thousands of weed sacks, and a countless amount of shows later, we find Robust returning to the Potholes concept with a completely fresh approach. From the gate you can tell this album is clearly not a case of him trying to recapture the glory of the original release, he's simply tackling the idea from a more experienced and seasoned angle. However, his original modus operandi of making true to life songs containing social commentary, sarcasm, and introspective satire over dope beats is ever-present.

Never one to be accused of wack beat selection, Robust chose a wide assortment of beats from an all-star cast of Chicago hip hop producers. Max, Meaty Ogre, Pore, PNS, Maker, DJ Alo (who also did cuts on the album), and Jackson Jones all contributed beats to the project. Even Bigga himself produced a couple of the tracks, proving that he can definitely hold his own on the production side of things as well. Collectively, the style of beats he chose for the album could be considered as a sort of post-modern boom bap with scattered soulful undertones. It's a style that perfectly complements Robus'ts notorious 'in the pocket' cadence and honesty fueled song topics.

As fans, we all too often find ourselves yearning for our favorite artists to recapture a moment in time that has long passed by for the musician themselves. We fall in love with a debut album, and then we tend to pick apart the artists future releases with a fine comb, often forgetting it was the groundbreaking spirit that gave us the original album to begin with. "Fillin' in the Potholes" is much more than just a sequel to Robust's G4 debut. It's almost as though the original album was a pothole he dug for us deep in the Chicago streets, and in typical City of Chicago fashion it took 8 years to fill it back in.

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1. Fillin' In The Potholes
Producer: Max
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2. Soloist
Producer: Robust
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3. Northern Soul
Producer: Meaty Ogre
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4. High Road
Producer: Void Pedal
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5. Loop Dreams
Producer: Robust
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6. All I Do
Producer: DJ Alo
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7. Remember When
Producer: PNS (of Molemen)
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8. I Wake Up
Producer: Maker
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9. Spare Change
Producer: Meaty Ogre
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10. How Ya Livin??
Producer: Max
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11. Polluted Views
Producer: Jackson Jones
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12. Tortured Soul
Producer: Meaty Ogre
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13. Driftwood
Producer: Pore
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14. What's Your World
Producer: Pore
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15. Pressure
Producer: DJ Alo
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16. Realism
Producer: Pore
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4.6 Stars (4.6 Stars )
Total Comments: 16
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 11/29/2014 8:29:00 PM; Partial IP: 01.235.221)
Location: BK
Comment: It's a shame dude has fallen off so hard!! DAAAAMN, Tray!! For real though, if it weren't for the two Alo tracks and the Void Pedal one, this would have received NO stars. I wish Robust still flowed like he used to. Original PotHoles was tight, this just ain't!
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 2/7/2014 9:56:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
Location: az/ hell
Comment: Dope piece of hip hop! No complaints here!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 1/10/2013 2:09:00 AM; Partial IP: 17.230.108)
Location: Montreal, QC
Comment: So glad robust is still putting stuff out. I've been listening since freelance gynecologist dropped in 2000.... hope I'm not the only one!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/9/2012 3:37:00 PM; Partial IP: 06.132.119)
Location: Chi-City
Comment: Bust has been a staple in the Chi for years as well as for Hip=Hop! Mad slept on for sure. Better late then never. Maybe now more listeners will jump on board on what we(Chi) been kwowing all along!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/25/2012 4:45:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: Your sisters house.
Comment: Mad crazy album, much respect to this emcee.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/20/2012 3:05:00 PM; Partial IP: 176.14.104)
Location: Paris
Comment: This album is crazy! Robust is an crazy mc and nice guy! Peace Fam
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/18/2012 5:11:00 AM; Partial IP: 19.150.123)
Location: Zurich
Comment: I slept on this dude for years and for too long. His catalogue is intriguingly dope and he is definetley deserving more attention. Now he's got mine fo sure = great artist!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/17/2012 9:12:00 PM; Partial IP: 199.205.55)
Location: SFC
Comment: It's near impossible for an artist to hold the attention of listeners for most of an album, better yet one with 16 songs and no guest appearances. This right here is hip hop and what a blessing it is
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/14/2012 10:11:00 PM; Partial IP: .57.40.101)
Location: 3030
Comment: Another dope album by Ro Bigga. Don't sleep on this.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/14/2012 5:50:00 PM; Partial IP: 57.124.117)
Location: Ontario,Can.
Comment: This album is fucking sick,nuff said.i'm copping this fo sho.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/14/2012 3:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 128.19.103)
Location: j-city, nigeria
Comment: some boom-bap vibes!!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/12/2012 2:02:00 AM; Partial IP: 71.157.234)
Location: v to da a
Comment: out of body xperience... this is some real hip hop, str8 under the radar, ROBUST doing it again
Name: (Posted: 11/10/2012 7:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 126.170.61)
Location: aera yab
Comment: beautiful artwork
Name: (Posted: 11/3/2012 9:06:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: CHICAGO
Comment: I used to work with this guy, he's a dope emcee and producer.
Name: (Posted: 10/23/2012 11:36:00 AM; Partial IP: .35.44.249)
Location: dA bUrG, FL Chi-Town
Comment: Scheme, Qwel & Robust are Chi-Towns FINEST!!! Can't wait for this album. Shout out to Galapagos4 & Molemen SRNC
Name: (Posted: 10/17/2012 4:44:00 PM; Partial IP: 77.165.107)
Location: Toronto
Comment: Lets to this robust, bring some dope back
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