As you can guess from the names on the cover, this is the kind of Hip Hop album every die-hard fan fiends for. 2095 doesn’t hide behind any glamour or glitz, instead it offers ten sturdy tracks that modernise the Golden-Era sound Mega Trife and long-time collaborator Nonsense have perfected. Infowars opens with politically scathing lines, Mega Trife’s dissident lyricism igniting the fuse that sets off this explosive LP with plenty of ear-catching punchlines; ‘they implementing a police state for pete’s sake and all you care about is K Dot’s next release date?’
Huge operatic chops sweep through an epic soundscape on The Devil’s Reject, with Trife paying homage to M.O.P and Run DMC on more solid bars, then elevating his delivery once again on The Backspin to twist tight rhymes over rugged drum breaks. Sidekicks finds him intertwining storytelling bars through Andalusian trumpet loops, while Statik Selektah’s hyper cuts layer Nas samples over the aggressive, Terminator-X -style instrumental Nonsense On Drugs. The title track trains the lyrical rifle sights on the current mainstream crop, before Ever So Tight‘s boom-bap soul sees Trife dedicate bars to his creative partnership with Nonsense.
The Ending stands out for it’s varied content; from Trife not bumpin’ Drake and 2 Chainz to dealing with personal struggle; dropping rhymes with a smooth delivery over an organic, subtle snare. Double-time flows tear through Kayoko’s Song, and as Blunts Of The Past winds down this dope LP, the duo finish on another high. A solid release, 2095 is littered with lyrical gems and heavy beats from Massachusetts finest, if you’re feeling Paranom & Purpose, or Habitat & DJ Severe, this is that new heat you’ve been waiting for.
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