A Silverback Gorilla (Koch) is known for being the dominant leader of the pack. Perhaps Sheek Louch of the LOX thought it would be a fitting title, considering they make their own moves and lead on. He does do that in his album; controlling his records and lyrically screaming on anything that get in his way, but, past that, there is no signal of true dominance in the game.
For those who need a taste of the street life, this disc serves it up on several different selections. The message of not messing with Sheek is laid down with the opener I Think We Got A Problem. Where this song shines is having the East, South, and West connect with Sheek, Bun B and Game laying effective verses.
The anthem Gettin Stronger will make any LOX fan salivate at the thought of their next release. The Yonkers trio also team up with The Diplomats on the aptly titled D-Block & Dipset; where the former go way harder than the latter.
Sheek comes with a different flavor with the feel good single Good Love. He takes the opportunity to two step around the easy bass and the light sounds that seem to hit just on time. He also maneuvers over blusterous horns on Scrap To This. As both songs effectively get your head knocking, special notice has to go to Dont Be Them where Sheek delivers some wisdom.
However there tends to be a series of forgettable tracks that damper this album a tad. Keep Pushin feels dialed in and uninspired. What What, We At War, and We Spray Crowds embody the same sound, and not in a good way. The lyrics and the production sync up almost to the point to where each tracks loses its individuality.
Mic Check, has a somber bass and droning piano that backs talk about his come up and some memories dear to his heart. While it definitely is not the best song on this effort, it gives the album closure. However, it isnt the last track on the album. Go Hoodlums is slapped on the end and throws the nice ride out of the window, much like a glass of water splashed on you as you prepare to sleep.
Silverback Gorilla definitely shows growth from Sheek Louch, as you hear different perspectives and concepts while he maintains his original street sound. However, mixed in with that growth is filler that could have been cut out or retooled to create a tighter product. It doesnt quite live up in the title, but for his fans of the LOX style, have something to tide them over until their next release.
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