Dont let the stoned sprawl fool you. As serious as a heart attack, Emergency Powers: The World Tour (Backwoodz) faces gentrification, the drug war, and terrorism; all in dope, bud-fueled streams of consciousness. Priviledge and Billy Woods are funnyYoure like Dexter Manley in English class, straight dunce, and they are highId rather blaze till I touch Marsbut they share the reading habits of The Wires Brother Mouzon, thumbing through Atlantic Monthly or New Republic while waiting to execute a hit. Theyre also relentlessly pro-black. But you have to listen. Drought is the most plausible drug dealer narrative since Ice Cube’s My Summer Vacation, a story devoid of bravado and slowly revealed in detailed complexity. First Blood is a first person imagining of the Palestinian infantada, reminiscent of Immortal Techniques Peruvian Cocaine. However, these emcees are not on a soapbox. They spit out the information they take in, pop culture and war, rap, beats, and film, all rolled into an exponential Pauls Boutique. Though not as genre defining as Paul, this disc is alive and sample heavy, the lyrics as much snippets of thought as the tracks are pieces from diverse, original sources. On Rent Control, they spit, When the crackers get you, its not a rap song. For such blazed individuals, Priviledge and Woods are down for reality and concerned with everyday struggle. This disc is rooted in Public Enemy; sonically in terms of dense collage and thematically in terms of addressing real power differentials in society. However, its sort of like Devin the Dude and Redmans version of Public Enemy, and Super Chron dont approach Chuck and company (of course not!). But they keep P.E.s influence alive in their own way.Their 2007 companion is Ill Sleep When Youre Dead, which also paints a full color world of pulled-pin hand grenades. Emergency Powers: The World Tour reflects its place and time, a contradictory age of scary uncertainty and information overload. So much Hip-Hop pretends otherwise. El-P knows it and Super Chron know it. Thus they give us daring graffitiall you see is crime in the cityand like all daring work, the act is solace unto itself. And like all worthwhile Hip-Hop, the skills back up the sentiment.