I'm going to try not to gush here, but it's not going to be easy for three reasons.
#1. "Rhythmatic Eternal King
Supreme" was one of my favorite albums of 2011.
#2. Statik Selektah is one of my favorite underrated rap producers.
#3. Combinining the two is like letting a fat kid into an all-you-can-eat cake buffet and saying "GO FOR BROKE."
"A mother's tears, pillows smother
It's not just that Reks is pondering the problems and perils of life on "Sit/Think/Drink," it's that his impeccable flow is paired with the beautiful ivory melodies and softly strummed snares Statik selected, all with a cut and scratched hook of Common saying "I sit and think with a drink about how I'm gonna win." THIS is hip-hop. Whatever you're doing right now, if you haven't heard this song, scroll back up to the video and press play THEN continue this review. I implore you to not miss out on this song.
Actually I implore you not to miss out on this album. "Straight, No Chaser" is 48 minutes of Reks that goes by too fast - and I'm not talking about the "Power Lines" featuring Ea$y Money seems to pick up tempo gradually from start to finish. It's probably my ears playing tricks on me though, or just the fact I get amped up listening. Guest appearances are kept to a minimum though, and only figure in where appropriate - such as Action Bronson on the buddy flick "Riggs & Murtaugh," Alias on "Sins" and Slaine on the title track. He's keeping things very East and very Boston, which is fine by me, because a Reks album wouldn't sound right any other way. From the braggadocious "Such a Showoff" featuring Kali and Termanology to the somber "Regrets," Reks quite literally has something for everybody here. This is a solid album start to finish.
Music Vibes: 8 of 10 Lyric Vibes: 8 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 8 of 10
Originally posted: July 24th, 2012