Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thoughts on Cormega's "Mega Philosophy"

Release date: July 22, 2014

After the release of 2009's very good (and slept on) "Born And Raised", as well as the "Raw Forever" compilation album in 2011, Cormega returns with his sixth album, the nicely titled "Mega Philosophy", produced entirely Large Professor. Coming in with a respectable 11 songs, there's little to no filler found on this album. "A New Day Begins" is brief, but it sets the right tone for the rest of the album with its back to the essence vibe. "Industry" is simply excellent, which finds Mega talking just about everything that's wrong with the hip hop scene, past and mostly present. It MUST be heard to be appreciated and I agree with everything Mega says. The guests who accompany Mega on this album come through in dope ways. "MARS (Dream Team)", featuring AZ, Redman, and Styles P is pretty awesome, continuing to confirm that none of these guys have lost a step and are getting better with age. And a major big up to AZ for the line "fuck the fake cop that shot Trayvon Martin". Yes indeed. It was also nice to hear Mega and Nature on the same song again, possibly for the first time since 2000's "Da Bridge 2001" with "D.U. (Divine Unity), Raekwon shines on the nice, apply titled "Honorable", while "Home" (featuring Black Rob) and the uplifting and informative "Rise" (featuring Maya Azucena) are very good songs. "Valuable Lessons" closes the album on the most personal, reflective way possible.

Overall, this was a fast paced, excellent album by Cormega. He still sounds the same throughout, but he has gotten better with time and age, and that definitely comes across clearly in his lyrics. Large Pro, not surprisingly, did a nice job on the production side, still one of the more underrated men behind the boards. Strong recommendation for this 4 star album.

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

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