The Boom Bap Project :: Circumstance Dictates :: Stuck Records
as reviewed by Dove

The Circumstance Dictates EP will have you wishing for a full-length album. The ever-present silhouette of the Hip Hop's forefathers within the innovative production is evident. Jake One's incredible aptitude for beat creation meshes perfectly with the lyrical prowess of Karim and Dialog aka Destro Destructo. DJ Tre adds his cultural couture on the turntables with flare. Vitamin D gives us a dose of his tremendous production skills on two of the tracks as well.

A number of solid guest appearances add to the appeal of the EP. "Odds On Favorite" features the witty L'Roneous, Black Anger blesses "All Stars", and "Take It To The Stage" is taken to the hilt by the grandiose and controversial ranting of Kutfather. Pep Love of the Hieroglyphics crew maximizes the value of "Net Worth", while Snafu, JFK and Toni Hill team up with Boom Bap for the memorable "All I Have Left".

Karim and Dialog easily supply their own verbal weight on "Writer's Guild", "Who's That" and the first single off the EP, "The Trade". Their label, Stuck Records, is in the process of getting the retail orders shipped, however the group has had little challenge in moving units prior to distribution. They sold completely out of the EP on the road during their recent 17-city stint on the Fantastic Four Tour with Zion I, Micranots and Foreign Legion, and had to rush to get more units printed for release.

Circumstance Dictates is an intriguing interlude to the full-length album, which should be released this fall. Battle rhyming and turntablism are at the forefront of Boom Bap Project's agenda, placing an appreciation for original Hip Hop in the top rung. The trio should find considerable pleasure in their climb to the top of the charts.

Music Vibes: 8 of 10 Scratch Vibes: 8 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 8 of 10

Originally posted: March 23, 2001