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Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A brief review of Bumpy Knuckles & Statik Selektah's "Ambition"
For those who checked out my "New album anticipation" post, this album was a part of that list. After the excellent album Bumpy Knuckles did with DJ Premier this year ("Kolexxxion"), I anticipated this one. Thanks to Spotify, which is becoming one of my best friends, lol, I decided to listen to this before I purchased it as planned. Well, after listening to this in its entirety, I was honestly not impressed. It has to be a combination of Statik Selektah's production, which is usually up to par, but on this release it sounds a little too watered down for someone like Bumpy Knuckles. Speaking of him, he doesn't sound like he did over Premo's production on the "Kolexxxion" album. Dare I say, he sounds a little uninspired/borderline preachy on this album. Even the song that features O.C. ("Mic Bless'n Gun Press'n Impress'n") is disappointing. There are a few good songs on here, but overall it's mostly forgettable, and thanks to Spotify, I saved myself $8.99 (MP3 download via Amazon.com). Let's hope he gets it right next time.
Initial predicted rating- 4 stars
Actual rating- 3 stars
(Update- I revisited this album and added it to my collection.)