Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A review of EMC's "The Turning Point"

EMC, excellent mic controllers. The 4 man team consisting of Masta Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline, and Stricklin are back with a brand new EP, "The Turning Point". This would mark their first project together since 2008's excellent concept album, "The Show". I've made it no secret that I've been looking forward to new material from the crew for quite some time, plus this marks my first review of an EP as well. Are my expectations high, even for an EP? Considering the talents here, they are. Let's get to it!

Release date- May 20, 2014



1. Superbowl Sunday
Funny intro to start things off. Ace is preparing to watch the Superbowl, but then receives a call from Neil (with Penalty Records), wanting to get him and the rest of the crew to be part of the label. It goes straight to voicemail, with Ace saying "talk to the machine" and "I'll call you..... after the Superbowl", lol.

2. Stay Busy
 
An apply titled, excellent song right here. In true eMC fashion (back and forth style), the guys talk about what they've been up to since "The Show". They clearly weren't just sitting around watching the time pass by. They were staying on the grind and progressing, personally and professionally.
*5 out of 5*

3. New School Nursery
Funny skit, which finds Ace chatting with Wordsworth about the earlier voicemail from Neil. In a funny moment, Wordsworth yells at a kid to "put that knife down", with Ace responding, "what the hell", lol. This brings us to.....

4. Charly Murphie
When talking about this song, Ace said "it epitomizes the hardcore, aggressive, punch-in-the-nose mentality which is a stark contrast to those other songs". He's 100 percent right and his thoughts sum up this song in a nutshell, true dopeness. The chemistry between all four MCs continue to flow like fine wine over the nice beat, complete with infectious claps and a thumpin baseline. If I had my own station, this would be on it, no question.
*5 out of 5*

5. Gotchu
Lol, I'll tell you one thing, they know how to make some funny skits. In this case, Ace tries to contact Punchline, but gets fooled by his voicemail, lol. And I can't even recall the last time I heard someone say "sike", lol.

6. Sweet Potato Fries

"All this wack shit needs to stop" -Punchline

These guys, sweet potato fries. In other words they're GOOD, lol! In my view, this follows in the same tone as "Charly Murphie", complete with the clap laden track, and it's just as dope. (Ace gets fooled again by Punchline's voicemail at the end of the song, lol.)
*4 out of 5*


7. Verified

Now, let me find out these guys got with Dr. Dre on the low for this one, because this bangin track, laced with the claps and organs, made me immediately think of Dre. Without posting the entire song word for word, let's just say that all four MCs are not at a lost for lyrics and they come through oh so nicely. Verified? I think so.
*5 out of 5*


8. Firehouse Lounge
Ace catches up with Stricklin, loungin at the Firehouse, until the convo gets cut short due to an apparent evacuation of the building, lol.

9. The Coolest
The supreme wordplay comes into effect, as the word "cool" is utilized with very good results. The reggae styled hook was a welcomed addition, something that hasn't been done in a such a LONG time.
*5 out of 5*

10. Body Shots
Lol, Ace finally gets in touch with Punchline, who's at the strip club. Ace is trying to ask him about eMC linking up with Penalty, but Punch is clearly distracted for obvious reasons, lol. I guess we can take that as a yes, lol.

11. Turning Point

Excellent closer. Granted, the 80s and the 90s will always be cherished, however, we can't go back to those moments in history. As time passes, you reflect on the past, continue to grow wiser in the present day, and remain hopeful for the future. I LIKE songs like this.
*5 out of 5*

12. Amg-Psa
Steve "The Angry Merch Guy" returns to deliver some GREAT news, the next album and a world tour later in 2014.


For starters, I didn't mention anything more about the production, and being that the iTunes version unfortunately didn't come with a digital booklet, I can assume that the production was done by eMC themselves. Either way, for an EP, this is GREAT. I normally don't include EP's as an album of the year candidate, but I'm making an exception this time. If this was a teaser, of sorts, for what they have in store on the next album (I consider this a lead in), it worked in spades. The lyrics and production are all on point of course, with Masta Ace, Punchline, Stricklin, and Wordsworth still on top of their games. Yes, there are 6 songs and 6 skits, but it works (the latter serves their purpose well). I strongly recommend this EP and I'm definitely looking forward to what they come with next (also check out "The Show" if you haven't done so already). 


And lastly, Ace, Wordsworth, Punchline, and Stricklin, let me know what you think of this review! I'm sure you'll be reading!


Album of the year candidates
1. Pharoahe Monch - PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [4.5 stars]
2. Prince Po & Oh No - Animal Serum [4.5 stars]
3. EMC - The Turning Point [4.5 stars]
4. Ray West & O.C. - Ray's Cafe [4 stars]  
5. Onyx - Wakedafucup [4 stars] 
6. Mobb Deep - The Infamous Mobb Deep [4 stars]
7. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Pinata [4 stars]
8. Step Brothers (Alchemist & Evidence) - Lord Steppington [4 stars] 

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