I may very well just be a sucker for analog aesthetic but roughly three seconds into this release and I found myself nodding my head to the rhythm; almost instinctively letting go of everything kicking around my mind, from my excruciatingly long day at work to the fact that I have a duty to write a review as I sit here. Fifty-six seconds in and I already know sixteen-year old me would be one-stepping a blunt to accompany this record. Nowadays I do my best to space out without a crutch and let the music carry me, at least for a little while.
This is certainly one of the more appealing qualities Ill Supreme delivers with their second installment, Ill Supreme 2. To sidestep rhetorical eloquence, this record is straight up clean. I felt physically comfortable listening to it. Its production is excellent; nothing feels forced, flubbed, busy, or otherwise inappropriate. For practicality and ergonomics (to anyone who might take my review to heart) this has been one of those records that you listen to while working out, cleaning up, maybe even browsing online, and take pause every now and again to look up, furl your eyebrow, and appreciate how tight everything sounds.
On top of this, the layers and nuances Ill Supreme adds are ornate in their own right, but are undoubtedly extremely tasteful. The auxiliary echos and utterances on “Get It” are masterfully added to spice up the track’s solidarity. The way the samples are chopped up on “Get a Grip” affirms the difference between pandersome and professional, soulful style as far as composition and production is concerned.
The bars presented here embody cool. Nothing at all too heavy or too drastic, from tone to content. Yet each song provides notions that most everyone can relate to in some form. The respect I keep for Ill Supreme shines clearest with regard to their breaking of the fourth wall late in “Living with Lies”. The group proves their social lucidity and will to think politically in stating they wish they could ditch [their iPad], and stay neutral but “it’s the only way for [their] songs to get views. Ever aloof in aiming to circulate and advertise their music, for any artist to broadcast their disdain for the mediums and mentalities through which they, as entrepreneurs, must operate is so wildly admirable and so boldly honest that it should never go unannounced.
Overall, 2 features stellar rhythmic meter in its beats, melodies and bars across the board. It also offers enough versatility between tracks to keep a listener’s interest, but does not misdirect the listener to any critical surprises. What you hear is generally what you get. This is not by any means a negative criticism, however. You either fnck with this or you don’t, and if you do you’re all in; guaranteed. Do yourself a favor and fnck with it. – Luke Pelletier
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