I'm coming to this album as a mild fan of each artist. Kurupt of 1992-2000 was an amazing lyricist, however the Kurupt of 2000 and onward is not the same man. And truthfully, even before 2000, his best work was always as a part of the Dogg Pound with Daz Dillinger, while his solo projects showed his inability to survive on his with illogical or just down right poor lyrics. Quik on the other hand, has always been one of the best, most underrated producers in the game, however he too is not much of a lyricist. Unlike Kurupt though, I'd say his lyrics have gotten better with time.
Now this project actually does a damn good job hiding each rappers' weakness in two ways. First, neither one has to be a solo artist. Second, it's relatively short. These factors combined mean neither Quik nor Kurupt is stretching himself too thin lyrically. The verses they drop are hot for the most part. This album is a good example of "quality, over quantity". Any longer and I think we would've heard one or both rappers run out of lyrical steam.
However, it would've been even better had they cut it down to an E.P. "The B Stands For Beautiful" is an unnecessary interlude. "Watca Wan Do", both versions, are my least favorite songs on the album. "Jupiter's Critic and the Mind of Mars" and "9xs Outta 10" are solo songs and not entirely necessary on this project. In fact, Kurupt's nonsense lyrics actually start to sneak into "9xs Outta 10". He rhymes "Run it up" with "Run it up" and "Running up" at one point. Quik's vocorder raps on "Jupiter" are amusing, but the vocorder itself makes it kind of difficult to listen to more than once. "Exodus", I suppose, is in the style of a Quik's Groove-type instrumental track, though it has some vocals on it, but it too seems misplaced on this album.
The remaining tracks have a true Westcoast vibe, that's sure to please most G-Funk fans. You'll be playing these in car or at your pool parties for the rest of Summer 2009, I promise you.
The ideal tracklist for a BlaQKout E.P. would be:
2. Cream N Ya Panties
3. Do You Know?
5. F*** Y'all
6. Hey Playa! (Moroccan Blues)
7. The Appeal
So basically, I can't recommend this album at $[...] retail price, unless you're a huge fan of Quik and/or Kurupt. $[...] or $[...] for the above tracks sounds about right though.