Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Request... Ricky P and Tru-ID

80's Babies

Request... This is the laid-back collaborative effort from Ricky Pharoe and Tru-ID, from 2007.  Both emcees are adept at fire; Ricky P's debut album was an angry young paranoiac's manifesto , while Tru-ID's played out like the diary of a poet in front of a dramatic, cinematic score.  Here they tune it down a few notches, creating an album together that rarely achieved the energy of either emcee's solo outings, but instead played out easy like a late summer afternoon.  Neither emcee tries any stylistic acrobatics in favor of relatively basic flows and sing-song choruses.   The beats are likewise relaxed and mid-tempo. Mr. Xquisit, Jewels Hunter, and Camila lend their vocal chords, and Budo, Apoulo, Laidback Luke, Stuart Rowe, Graves and Artistic Propaganda produce.  The album was recorded and mixed by Macklemore (who also contributes lyrically to "The Real Kings".  Up until recently I wrongly thought Ricky was getting beef for making this record; as it turns out for whatever reason it was Ricky who didn't feel it was up to par with the rest of his work.  He may not be naked on the news screaming "come and get me" on this album as much as his previous efforts, but I for one appreciate it as a fine stand-alone record, and as my introduction to these two distinguished emcees.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Brah, this is an awesome blog - you are keeping the blood runnin through HipHop