Artist: ConsequenceTitle: Take Em’ to the CleanersRating: 3 1/2 StarsReviewed by: 45th Street Black
Throughout Kanye Wests recent ascent as a reputable rapper, Consequence has been part of his inner circle, dropping noticeable verses of his own (Spaceship). On Take Em To the Cleaners, Consequence proves his crisp rhymes bars seasoned with acerbic wit and Queens, NY refined assertiveness are worthy of Mr. Wests endorsement, and beats.
Hosted by Kanye (he appears on and/or produces about half the songs), this mixtape features guests high on lyrical skill, making it essential that Quence stays on top of his rhyme ps and qs. That shouldnt be a problem since he first gained notoriety after appearing throughout Tribes Beats, Rhymes & Life album. Very un-PC title aside, on Wack N*ggas over a nimble track stuffed with synth and prickly claps Consequence doesnt let Common and Talib Kweli steal the show by dropping jewels of his own: For all your guest appearances, you couldnt get the clearances, for them its just a check they dont respect you as a lyricist/Look at what your lyrics is, murder, death kill/But you never shot nothing, never have never will.
If Quence and his affiliates are not outright telling you how soulful their music is (So Soulful), you can hear it on Getting Out the Game which flexes the sultry strings from Al Greens What A Wonderful Thing Love Is. But playas dont love and the age-old topic of misogyny runs rampant (i.e. the raunchy 88 Keyes produced Trains). But instead of remaining stuck in the usual format, he adds a comical twist. On I See Now North Carolinas Little Brother join Quence and Kanye over an ambient 9th Wonder production that cradles their musings on relationship killers like gold digging and post consummation weight gain.
Kanyes fingerprints are all over this disc, but Quence manages to individually assert himself, indicating that hell be cleaning up once his official debut arrives.