July 22, 2018

Reks "Grey Hairs" (July 22, 2008)

"Like Termanology, Reks is another hard spitter from the patriot state that utilizes expert production from DJ Premier, Large Professor and Statik Selektah to bring back that roughneck rap that lives these days both in blogs and boomboxes. Aptly titled Grey Hairs, Reks shows that greatness takes time and consumes stress, but four years after his last album, Reks reintroduces himself with a megaphone in his mic. “Say Goodnight” is the epitome of what Reks brings to the table. DJ Premier supplies a beat that updates his formula, as Reks uses the original texture of the composition to alter the timing in his delivery and emphasize cadence.... Rhytmatic Eternal King Reigns Supreme lives up to his name with coded-language verses, connected by scratch-choruses. Just as the album opens with a nod to east coast boom-bap, the second half goes into the pensive perspectives that the region has traditionally given us from Edo G and Guru. “Premonition” is a joint effort with Termanology and Consequence that finds the three analyzing their drive to be here, and why patience is a rare virtue in Hip Hop. As quickly as Reks can kick in a door with a hot 16, he can point to a window that was previously unseen in another. While DJ Premier‘s progressive production deserves affirmation, Large Professor‘s effort (“Stages”) is the real shocker. The chop-master also utilizes scratches and a collage of samples to add a true gem to his catalog. The song splits into a look at performing stages and phases of art, fitting for an emcee hitting his stride, and a producer updating an approach similar to his Illmatic work.... The Showoff Records label brings the ’90s quality to the music with a contemporary approach and pace to getting it out, and Grey Hairs is likely to still sound meaningful when we’ve all got them." - Jake Paine, HipHopDX. One of the best albums of 2008 and still a project I keep in rotation. Revisit this gem on its 10th anniversary today.