The album's dreary production makes the margin of error for emceeing razor thin, and the pride of Fresno got cut. He may have promised to deliver medicine, but Planet Asia has offered only a collection of short-term remedies and placebos.
former West Coast indie heavyweights have faded into obscurity since the late
90's. Though many released albums after the underground scene experienced a
slight decline, few have remained relevant in the music industry. Fresno native Planet Asia is hoping to distinguish
himself from those also-rans and let everyone know that he's still pumping a
strong brand of "Cali-Hop" with his latest offering The Medicine.
treating fans to a steady supply of mixtapes the past few years, Planet Asia attempts to give listeners
a full dosage of the cutting wit and trigger happy flow that he's known for.
But the Cali Agent must have filled
out the wrong prescription because The
Medicine is a step back from his earlier work. Bogged down by lackluster production,
almost exclusively done by Evidence,
the album is musically a skeleton that's still waiting for muscles and skin to
be added to it. While Evidence's
understated style works wonderfully on "Get Active," he provides some audio
Nyquil for "That's On Me." The Dilated
producer offends ears even more with "On Your Way 93706," an acid-induced dud
that couldn't move a classroom full of kids inflicted with ADD.
Evidence tries to atone for his mistakes by
lacing "Dilated Agents" with