For starters, this is not underground hip hop, KRS One, Cuban Linx, MosDef, De La Soul, The Beatnuts etc. aren't underground. Dj Honda isn'tanything that special when it comes to scratching, cats like Babu or CutChemist would teach him a thing or two about the Technics technique, andthe majority of emcees featured on this c.d are pretty wack. KRS is alegend, although his input is limited he has undeniable presence on themic, and really tears it up, but is rhyming with some lacklustre dudecalled Doe-V who's lyrics have potential, despite the fact he sounds likehe's about 40. De La Soul's track is some dope isht, reminiscing abouttimes past to a chilled beat, that serves as a nice backdrop but doesn'tstand out too much(which is perhaps a good thing considering the brilliantwordplay). The peak of the album however is Travelling Man, featuring MosDef, who really excells on the best beat on the album. Mos spits someincredible rhymes:
"This thing called rhymin'
is no different to coal minin'
we both on the assignment
to unearth the diamond"
Cuban Links from Terror Squad rips a dope verse, on "On The Mic" but therest fail to impress. Honda's beats are average, and often predictable buthe shows that he is a competent producer, its just a shame his selectionof rappers are largely underwhelming.
Worth buying for any Mos Def fans back catalogue, but other than that, itdoesn't have much else to offer.