As I always say ” Real hip hop never died, it just went underground”. Kidd Called Quest tackles a project that most producers ( outside of 9th Wonder) wouldn’t do, a entire album with a female mc. To call Golden a female mc does her a injustice, let’s just say mc ….PERIOD. Over the last 6 months Golden has emerged as a mc worth checking for, her ability to spit rhymes equals or surpasses some of her male counterparts, not to mention her versatility, she can shift gears with no problem and give you weed rhymes, party verses, serious introspective joints, & she has fun doing it, and she comes off as honest and being herself. A team up with Quest was going to happen but who knew that both of them would play so well off each other? The album starts off with what sounds like a sample but it seems to be Golden speaking to the listener, then the beat starts for “Snapped” which consists of violins and busy high hats which Golden spits a quick delivery that will be neck snapping, Quest laces each track with a quick intro which draws from his taste in records & movies , and the head nodding continues with” Soul For Sale” in which Golden attacks commercial rappers that sell out for deals . One of the strongest tracks on the album has to be “Ready For Me” as Angel flows like water over a soulful Quest beat and a flavorful chorus. .. next up Golden kicks it about detractors to her skill on ” Critics” all in what seems one take. “Looking At The City” was probably the first track Quest & Golden worked on as you hear a 70’s inspired track that seems like producer & mc feel each other out on this one , which provides a transition to ” Tough Love” which Angel talks about breaking out of a messed up relationship as Quest provides more boom bap background. The album levels out more with “1 Life To Live” , “Attention” & ” All I Know” , with more tight beats and Angel smashing the tracks with more raw rhymes with the exception of Azariah, Quest seems at very comfortable with Golden on his tracks as each joint fits tighter than a O.J. glove even the lone sensual track “Light Headed” sounds dope but sexy. The album is only 11 tracks but like most classic albums ( yes I said CLASSIC) that’s all that’s needed as the end leaves you wishing for more. A great solid effort on both Quest & Golden and a great leap for 585 hip hop in general ….
-Dj Chris G / Straight from The Underground 2.0