Georgia Anne Muldrow :: SomeOthaShip
Mello Music Group
Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon
Based on past history we already know that Declaime and Georgia Anne Muldrow
have "Beautiful Mindz," even
if that beauty can be as hard to comprehend as the mind of John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Thankfully the two artists involved have a cult following both individually and
collectively, so much like other demented rap geniuses (from those wearing metal
masks to those with 20 alter egos) it's not too much of a problem to keep their
creative output flowing. Georgia gets every tag from "next generation Bahamadia"
to "wannabe Erykah Badu" but the truth is neither fits - she's a beguiling mixture
of both and on her own shit to boot. Declaime a/k/a Dudley Perkins isn't any easier to pin down - a raw hip-hop veteran since 1995
with ties to Tha Alkaholiks who sounds more like a lost member of Hieroglyphics.
His work is as often critically acclaimed as it is hard to find at mainstream retail.
Combining forces should have taken this duo to bigger heights, but last time out Matt
Jost was far more fascinated by 2012 conspiracies than their album. One can't find
fault with that given their producer DJ 2tall was more interested in "arthouse funk" than
songs that could truly bump for the majority of hip-hop heads. This time however on
"SomeOthaShip" the team has decided to keep their art IN house, with Ms.
Muldrow handling most of the production herself, including the booming bass and
whining Troutman-esque backdrop of the lead single "Endure" featuring M.E.D. and
Rapper Big Pooh. As cool as the song is, I would have personally gone with the much
more rugged "Heaven or Hell" with the surprising lineup of Black Milk, LMNO and
Kool G. Rap. You may want to read that twice - I know I did before listening.
G. Rap: "This nigga cold blooded, somehow kids to hoes love it
Spot a bitch with potential, she like the diamond in the rough
Just dust off make her best-seller, like L. Ron Hubbard's
Workin burden the bitch like heavy luggage
When I say strip they gladly strip, get a grip bitch
Let's grab these chips, Caddy whip, yell this for Daddy Rich
Come on be daddy bitch"
Declaime and Muldrow are definitely on "SomeOthaShip" this time around, with
surprising and interesting collaborations lurking around every corner. One moment
it's time to "Get Up" and go with a GoGo Mix featuring Organized legend Prince Po,
the next it's all about Miki Vale & Roc C on the lengthy song with equally
lengthy title "Whatchallknowaboutthis." The funny thing is that when Declaime and
Muldrow let other people steer their ship, the results are just as interesting if not
moreso than what Muldrow does on her own. The album's funkiest songs are the
Flying Lotus laced "Mages Sages II" and the Detroit to Cali boom bap provided by
Black Milk for "Shine On" and "SomeOthaShip Connect Game" featuring Kazi.
Ripping or downloading the album for your portable music player of choice is a bit
deceptive, as you may believe this is a 14 deep album jam packed with brand new
material. In truth the 10 tracks which comprise the main part of this presentation are
definitely interesting, but starting on the 11th joint things loop back around and the
presentation is rounded out with remixes and instrumentals. That makes "SomeOthaShip"
shorter than expected, which is a bit frustrating since it feels like it's just not long
enough to get the vibe that G&D are on. Declaime/Dudley is definitely the engine
that powers this ship though, with no offense meant to Muldrow, because sometimes
you just can't feel her presence on the album and other times you wish she stayed in
the background because she seems to be better suited to pulling the cosmic strings.
The result of "SomeOthaShip" is more or less what the title implies - it's definitely
hip-hop that's out there, but it's not so far out that you can't relate. Somewhere between
"Beautiful Mindz" and this album is brilliance, but the ship's still a little off course.
Music Vibes: 7 of 10
Lyric Vibes: 7.5 of 10
TOTAL Vibes: 7.5 of 10
Originally posted: February 16, 2010