The Realness

posted September 02, 2001 12:00:00 AM CDT | 8 comments

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After not releasing one of the best LP's ever to not be released in The Testament, Cormega has finally made his official debut. On the surface Mega appears to be your typical thugged out Queensbridge emcee but one thing is for sure, his street credibility has never been in question. After a rough upbringing that included watching his mother get murdered, Cormega turned to dealing crack which lead to him being shot and going to prison. Mega's lifestyle is extremely evident in his rhymes and with that being said it is obvious that he is not rapping about anything we haven't heard a million times. The difference lies in the way he delivers his rhymes, he's far more poetic than his counterparts and he possesses tremendous story-telling and picture-painting abilities.

With Havoc and Alchemist handling the majority of the album's production I shouldn't have to tell you what kind of beats to expect. The album really takes of after American Beauty, where Cormega takes you through hip hop's highs and lows over the years. Other standouts include Thun & Kicko with Prodigy (who opens up the track with a Jay-Z dis), The Saga and Get Out My Way. Both the Fallen Soldiers tracks are tight, the original uses an old Jay-Z beat. The icing on the cake is Unforgiven which sounds so much like an old DJ Muggs beat that it is scary.

It is difficult to get through one song without hearing at least one subliminal dis directed at Nas. Seriously, just about every track has at least one shot at him, others like Get Out My Way are full out dis songs. All in all this album was a very pleasant surprise. I copped this album because of Mega's nice representation on Hi-Teknology and because I have always loved his voice. I did not expect to hear probably one of the ten best albums of this year (top 20 for sure). Be on the look out.

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