nice is definitely the best word to describe this album. with the smooth, highly polished production, brimming with sweet horns, gentle keys and a lot of attention paid to the drum machine this record has a really fresh and laid back vibe. the rapping is good, but nothing more than that. little brothers phonte spits most of the bars, definitely upping his game after the afore mentioned crews wack releases. his skills are evident, avoiding too much bragging, but still displaying his tight rhyme schemes and solid flows on every track. the other rappers are average, not bad but don't deliver any memorable lines. the singing is sometimes sickly sweet, but as everything is overshadowed by the beats, it doesn't take anything away from the overall feel. the dutch producer, Nicolay, is definitely gifted, the laid back grooves would be a perfect canvas for a more skilled wordsmiths such as gift of gab from blackalicious or del the funky homosapien to work with, and the combination of smooth soul and jazz samples and originial instrumentation bring a new dimension to the sound, giving it more energy than alot of exclusively sampled based producers. this album is well suited to summer evenings with wifey, but probably won't impress if you drop it at a party. buy it, but buy it for the production.