DJ Kay Slay brings 60 rappers together on one EP
DJ Kay Slay aka The Drama King is back at it again this year with a new EP called Homage which follows his earliest project this year, called Living Legend. As usual, Kay Slay's job is to maintain the art and culture of hip-hop despite the change of music. For this project, he gathered around 60 rappers on 9 songs mixtape.
As always, DJ Kay Slay invites a dozen MC's to do a cypher on his albums and mixtapes, but on Homage, he went crazy as the song called "Rolling 50 Deep" lasts around 17 minutes and features 50 rappers, insane right. Yet if you enjoy back to back verses with infinite bars, your ears will fume of smoke because it's everything you can love about hip-hop, from freestyle to sick rhymes. What's nice about "Rolling 50 Deep", it features artists and legendary rappers from every coast such as Ice-T, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Styles P, Benny The Butcher, Bun B, E-40, a crazy fast verse from Twista, and a verse from the late Fred The Godson. The EP touches the subject of racism and unfairness towards African Americans in the United States of America on the song "It's About To Go Down" which features Ghostface Killah, Busta Rhymes, and Junior Reid. Songs I enjoyed listen to were "Where is The Love" featuring Conway The Machine, Sheek Louch, and Johnni Blaze, and "We Get Busy" featuring AZ, Papoose, Bun B, Benny The Butcher, Trae Tha Truth, Zone & Ghostface Killah who raps on the hook that gives that New York vibe where you just want to freestyle and rock the mic. I wasn't a fan of the song "Man Down" because it felt so slow and redundant, but another important subject that is included on Homage is the respect towards women and the reduction of domestic violence towards women even though most of the time, hip-hop have fictional lyrics that seems to disrespect women. Which it brings us to the song "Lose Control" that only features female emcees by the name of EMC Scotty, Billboard Baby, 6 Keys, and Sammi J. I sincerely don't know these female rappers but the one on the second verse had me shook as she interpolates 2Pac's flow. All these female artists on the song lyrically protect their black sisters on this one and nice interpolation of the song "Mama I didn't Mean To Make You Cry" by Queen on the hook.
It was a great idea by DJ Kay Slay to gather 60 rappers who know how to handle and rock the mic. Kay Slay never disappoints to keep the culture alive with legends and new upcoming rappers. As much I prefer the album Living Legend, Homage is also a good and quick project to listen to.
Beat Instrumental: 3/5
Album Production: 3/5