Monday, February 06, 2012

Album!: Small Professor - Gigantic, Vol. 1

Philadelphia's own Small Professor's alias is obviously (not so) cleverly paying homage to legendary producer Large Professor. What the up and coming producer lacks in name picking creativity, he makes up for with serious musical creativity. He started gaining buzz with his masterful remixes of tracks by guys like Elzhi and Phat Kat. His debut compilation is full of indie heavyweights on features (Blueprint, Guilty Simpson, Has-Lo, and Philly's own Reef tha Lost Cauze) but also features not so top-bill names. The familiarity of the artists who are complementing the beats mean nothing as nearly every MC featured on this project does lose a step. Buff1 expertly preaches about the doubts of being so deep in the hip-hop game on "Can't Be Scared" while flowing over a boom-bap, sample laden concoction by Small Prof which, *gasp*, actually has a really nice hook (something that is rare for an underground hip-hop record these days). Stik Figa has a charisma explosion on "Attitude Problem" over another brass-sample-heavy beat. Don't get me wrong, the main attractions do their thing, too. Blueprint's appearance on "Make Moves" results in far and away the best song on the album while Has-Lo's collab with Small Prof on "When the Last Leaf Falls" closely follows, even if it's way too short. Small Professor has put together an impressive debut producer-compilation and you can definitely expect his name to gain more weight in the next few months in the same way that Statik Selektah's did after he started dropping his compilations back in 2008.

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