Perhaps it's the serious tone and intense social message, or the seriously progressive sound of I Self Divine over hip hop's most forward thinking producer, DJ Kool Akiem Allah, but this gem of the hip hop underground passed mostly undetected upon it's release last year. It is decidedly one of the most overlooked and unappreciated albums in recent history.
If you know and love hip hop, but need something completely original, this album will blow your mind. Kool Ak's beats reveal his genius as a producer, as well as his discipline and experience as a veteran in the studio. I Self's hyped out rhymes are far from traditional hip hop, but still his delivery and poetic style keep the listener constantly second guessing. The album contains so much, every time I listen I notice entirely new themes, samples, and subtleties.