Okay. While there is a consensus that Hip-Hop is stale, the TRUE spirit of Hip-Hop continues to shine through as evidenced by “FreEDOm” — The newest album by Bos-town emcee, Edo G. Some of you might know of Edo from his Golden Era hits, “Be a Father to Your Child” and “I Got To Have It” with his crew Da Bulldogs, which were released in ’91.
In 2017, Edo sounds like a battle tested general marching over tracks with a platoon of Boom-Bap and a barrage of lyrics to assault the listeners’ eardrums. Production for Edo is provided by Torchbars, Kelz with tha Heat, Roycee, and Sir Williams, to name a few. And although their names might not ring a bell, their production sings a different tune — each offering captures the essence of the project’s theme, and translates it well. The influence of DJ Premier and 9th Wonder is evident on a few of the album cuts. But not to the point that it sounds like an imitation. I’m sure the aforementioned DJ/producers would most definitely approve.
Lyrically Edo has BARS! Serious, serious bars. I listened intently for Edo to spit a bar that might sound dated, as a veteran with 30 years in, but I’m happily disappointed that he did not. His subject matter is relevant to the times and his delivery is nothing short of perfect! As much as wanted to find a flaw. I couldn’t.
At just under 35 minutes, the LP is modest by today’s standards. But in our current microwave, millennial generation, less is more. It’s just enough for your commute to work, or workout. And dope enough to play from the beginning, with no skippables (if that’s even a word lol).
This project is like water — clear, refreshing, and no additives. Definitely worthy of a few listens. And well worth copping.
Some of the stand out cuts, besides his singles “Beast” and “Boom”, are “Smoke” featuring legendary Juice Crew member, Masta Ace and “It Is”, which is pretty special because Edo exchanges bars with his crew, Da Bulldogs. The title track “Freedom” is the perfect segue to set the tone for the remainder of the project.
This is Blue Collar, Adult Contemporary, Conscious Hip-Hop at it’s finest.
“FreEDOm” is available to stream on all digital platforms, including Vinyl (Red or Green), Cassette, and CD (Includes the “I Got To Have It” Documentary) — Only available at Red Line Music Distribution.