After two previous collaboration album in 2005 (Chemistry) and 2008 (The Formula), acclaimed producer 9th Wonder and hip hop mainstay Buckshot of Black Moon return for the third album in their series, "The Solution". Coming in with a respectable 12 tracks, much like the first two albums, this album is fairly solid. 9th's production is mostly good, especially on the opener "The Big Bang", the apply titled "Stop Rapping" ("everything ain't for everyone" is the line of this song, and MOST new artists should take heed to a line like that), and the soulful offerings in "SAM" (a fine track talking about the average person we all know, and in the case of this song, he's titled "Sam"), the very good title track closer, and "Pat Em Down". Rapsody, a new femcee, does great on "Shorty Left", and outside of the aforementioned songs, 9th and Buckshot essentially don't break any new ground on this album, as both men bring their usual (which is very good) on this album. Not saying that they're trying to break new ground, but on a track like "The Change Up", well, Buck doesn't change things up and again, it's more of the same, and that's not a bad thing.
Overall, compared to the previous two albums they did together, this one is a small step back, but it's still fairly solid for the most part.It's not one of 2012's best, and that's not a knock at all. I would have no problem seeing another album from them.
Rating- 3.5 stars