|MH-221 Omid - Monolith
Omid raises the standard on producer-driven hip-hop albums with Monolith, a project that rests in concept between his Celestial Recordings smash Beneath The Surface and 2002's stellar Distant Drummer. Equally split between layered instrumental pieces and standout vocal tracks, Omid invites some of the world's most important emcees to rhyme over his beautifully crafted, Middle Eastern tinged productions. Buck 65, Busdriver, Abstract Rude, 2Mex, Spoon (of Iodine), Luckyiam.PSC, Slug, Aceyalone, and Murs all give noteworthy performances. Two standout tracks are turned in by Hymnal, whose world-weary tales of moral corruption bookend the album. In a time where some producers are content with just making beats, Omid's mature design speaks volumes with or without emcees.
|Beats that you'd kill for - Vice / Rife with both sick beats and rhymes of conviction - Synthesis / Modern, bold, and uplifting. - Harvard Independent / Los Angeles' best-kept secret - San Francisco Weekly / Sick, progressive hip-hop - XLR8R / Don't make the mistake of missing Monolith. - Hip-Hop DX
|Fans of that progressive hip-hop, or whatever it is that you call that hip-hop made by and for intelligent and sensitive people that doesn't take getting paid or sexual conquest as its central theme, may well be interested by Monolith the new album from Omid, aka OD, on Mush. Here his mature and carefully-crafted compositions explore somewhat Eastern territory, as wordsmiths such as Aceyalone, Buck 65, Slug and Busdriver turn up to do their quality thing. My favourites are perhaps the Mahayana-minded abstractions of Hymnal's tracks, though: one to watch for the poetically-inclined. - Undercover