It starts off with the robotic "Cool Don't Exist," in with Pro and
Learic trade rhymes about how they've outgrown a lot of labels that used
to describe hip-hop, like fresh and def. The verses are solid, but the
song gets dragged down by the hook. Things pick up with the future funk
of "Doin' What I Want," in which Pro and Learic lay out their DIY
attitude and their approach to music, rapping:
"Never let the tempo
To an instrumental
Be over-influential in the speed I move my pencil
Never let a rhyme scheme determine what a line mean
Say what I want without barriers"
"I Make Records" offers a stripped-down beat for the MCs to spit about
their craft. "Tear the Moon Down" goes totally left-field. It has a
pumped up dance beat and booming bass, the kind of track that Pitbull
might be rapping over. The Aztext manage to keep up with the fast tempo,
and adapt their battle rhymes to the club-rap beat.
They save the best for last, with the laid back G-funk of "Till the AM."
Lyrically, it's your basic song about partying with your friends, but
the snapping beat and whining synths make it the best track on the EP.
It's also about being too old to party to the break of dawn, with Pro
"Hate to admit
Am I jealous of a college kid
Vomiting all his gin in a garbage bin
All his friends laughing smoking on Parliaments
Arguing about which car he's gonna be driving in?
Get sick to my stomach thinking about how long it's been
Since I was sick to my stomach from partying
So tonight it's bottoms up until the dawn again
I'll be late for work
Somebody call it in"
"Who Cares If We're Dope Volume Two" is another solid entry in the
series. The Aztext are testing new ground and trying out new sounds
while keeping true to themselves. They manage to work with Touchphonic's
club beats without sounding like they are out of their element. It
doesn't feel like they are trying to appeal to a different demographic
as much as challenge themselves to do something different. The results
are worth a listen.
Music Vibes: 7.5 of 10
Lyric Vibes: 7.5 of 10TOTAL Vibes: 7.5 of 10