Monday, October 31, 2011

The Best Rap Album of October 2011 - Population Control by Statik Selektah

When I first discovered the album Red Dot Plot by the rapper Smoovth I expected to be as disappointed with it as I was with the other albums I listened to this month. I just knew it was going to be more of the same old lazy beats, lazy lyrics and mediocre production I had been hearing for the past 30 days. I had never heard of this cat and figured he was probably some other dude living out his dreams on some low budget rap record he cobbled together between shifts at White Castles that I'd have to plod through just to maintain my integrity on this blog.

Well, I was wrong. Red Dot Plot is an amazing, melodic jazz tinged masterpiece. Smoovth's lyrics won't induce any epiphanies about the meaning of your existence on this planet or give the definitive answer to the economic crisis the world is facing but they are clever enough to be neither boring or insulting and work perfectly with his musical arrangements. This is a wonderful album and I am glad I found it. You absolutely should add it to your collection.

However, it is not my selection for album of the month.

No, the best rap album this month is from a guy who doesn't rap at all.

Using his years of experience as a DJ, his love of 70's soul music and employing diverse rappers from around the country who have the skill to take advantage of his beats and production DJ Statik Selektah has crafted the amazing album titled Population Control.

I am so tempted to give a song by song break down of this wonderful album but I won't. I'll leave that to the "writers" who get paid by the word to review albums for magazines and websites. It's just my job to steer you in the right direction and allow you to decide for yourself which songs are your favorites. My readers simply know that I am knowledgeable about hip hop music and we share similar tastes. They are certainly intelligent enough to make up their own minds about their favorite songs. And on Population Control you are sure to find many you like.

So there you have it, The Best Rap Album of October 2011 is Population Control by Statik Selektah. Enjoy



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