April 2nd, 2012
Title: Random Axe
Artist: Random Axe
Label: Duck Down Music Inc.
Format: CD, MP3
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Brooklyn meets Detroit on Random Axe and the end product is, for the most part, effective and competently executed. The triumvirate of Black Milk, Sean Prince, and Guilty Simpson come out strong early on “Random Call,” as Black Milk introduces the other artists through the hook: “Who making hits like these? / Call up, nigga…nigga Guilty / Call up, nigga…nigga Sean P / 3-1-3 to the NYC.” Set to a steady drumbeat, the looped female vocalization and the electronic samples all work well together. The feeling is again reciprocated on “Chewbacca,” and the music video for the song goes well beyond, featuring Chewbacca breaking his way into a Random Axe concert and dancing with fans and artists alike. Although the beat is once again good and most of the artists give a strong delivery, the guest artist, Roc Marciano, has an off-putting voice that’s too “nasally” for my tastes.
Following is the official music video for “Chewbacca”
Much of the rest of the album follows the path laid out in the first four songs: heavy, bass-pounding beats complimented by an array of electronic and vocal samples. All three artists work well together as each delivery plays off the other to create a strong album. Black Milk, as artist and producer, really gives the album its energy with the creation of great beats. This is definitely a group that needs to get together more often.
Reviewed by Ian Hallagan
Review Genre(s): Rap and Hip-Hop