Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Album Review: MHz Legacy

Album Review: MHz- MHz Legacy

Artist- MHZ
Year- 2012
Rating 9/10

The MHz are a rap clique based in Columbus, Ohio. The group consists of Jakki Da Mota Mouth, Tage Future, RJD2 on the production, Copywrite, and the late Camu Tao. Despite being around for over a decade, dropping their debut single “World Premier” ( in 1998 until now the group never released the debut album fans were craving. Now is as the best time to give the fans what they've been asking for with the group's front man Copywrite's popularity at an all-time high with the release of his acclaimed “God Save The King” album. It is sad that founder Camu Tao could not be alive to see the creation of the project, but the MHz keep his spirit alive through their music.

The production all throughout the album is solid, RJD2 has always been one of hip-hop's most original talents and his work on this album is no different. Some of the songs have an older 90's rap feel to them, while others are designed to evoke feelings of sadness such as “Tero Smith”, the groups tribute to Camu Tao who passed away from his bout with cancer. The entire isn't solely produced by him and the other names in the beat making process such as !llmind serve their purpose well giving the album an even more diverse sound with each song coming off exactly as intended sonically. By it being a group album there aren't too many features, but Ill Bill, Slaine (La Coka Nostra) , and Slug (Atmosphere) make noteworthy appearances.

The album is full of quotable lines and top notch rapping giving the listener a reason to come back and catch the bars that went over their heads the first few times. Different subjects are explored all throughout the course of the album all while keeping their lyrics up to par. MHz continue push the envelope as far was what can be done on the mic in 2012 and after a solid debut like this hopefully they'll receive the recognition they deserve for the work they put in. Copywrite has the most standout verses on the album proving that even after 10 years since his debut album The High Exhaulted in 2002 he's still one of the heavyweights when it comes to punchlines in hip-hop. I don't think there is a single wack verse anywhere on the album, which is quite impressive for a group release. MHz have real chemistry on tracks which is a nice change a pace where as a lot of groups now just sound like a random assortment of verses compiled together with no real thought as to how cohesive they sound together.

MHz Legacy is a hidden gem, a welcome addition to hip-hop in 2012. If you never heard of the group listen to the album and I guarantee you'll become a fan instantly.


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