Tech N9ne came through releasing All 6's and 7's in the summer. Although surprising most with featuring mainstream icons such as Lil Wayne, B.o.B., and T-Pain, Tech N9ne proved his legacy of far left appeal in rhyme schemes and rapid flow was not compromised. Strangely, the different array of features made the overall album encompass a genuine artistry that Tech has been exhibiting throughout his career, and showcasing his talent is not fading away. From mainstream to up-and-coming artists, Tech N9ne was able to create an album with substance without compromising his artistic appeal and structure.
Vakill from the Chicago collective group, The Molemen, released a long awaited album - Armor of God. The wait was very well worth. Not only did Vakill came with ferocity in his rhymes, but the lyrics in each song inhibited memorable quotable bars that surely impresses the avid hip hop head. The production is top-notch paralleling successfully the heavy lyricism and flow of Vakill. He made a raw hip hop album like it suppose to sound like.
British emcee, Lowkey, released Soundtrack to the Struggle. Not only is the project very heart-felt, but the political commentary and honesty of the emcee created a outstanding vibe of authenticity and passion for the art. Superb hip hop is detected when an artist delivers tirelessly passion and commitment in their music.
But, the artist that exceeded the expected hype, was Evidence (of Dilated Peoples), upon releasing his second solo album, Cats & Dogs. After releasing his critically acclaimed debut, The Weatherman, Evidence managed to surpass his debut with Cats & Dogs. Although a producer himself, Evidence delegates the production aspect to talented producers, such as DJ Premier and The Alchemist.
The lyricism and flow reflect the high skill of talent Ev incorporates. The listener becomes engaged with the different subject matter showcased, with beats that match ideally for each song. In an age of cookie-cutter radio hits, Cats & Dogs strays from the notion to embrace what hip hop in its essence ought to be.