The latest from the local favorite, this 20-track project features some recent tracks from other records like "No Sleep" from SOL's Dear Friends, EP and the extended-version gem "You're On" from P Smoov's Face Scrunchers mix as well as the slaughter of some Jake One beats. Add in top-notch emceeing on cuts like "Biological Didn't Bother 2010" (a remix of an old Shaq joint) and the fiery chorusless intro "The Life I Chose" that prove Ballard's King hasn't dropped off even a little--and the drop from West Coast icon Warren G suggests the best is yet to come. As Prometheus Brown says in his interlude: "I'd rather hear rapping about rap done well than a bunch of artful crap." And in this case, well is an epic understatement.
To celebrate his birthday, Vita flipped the disc and gave the gift: a 9-track EP. In his words (from 206Proof), "I recorded and produced most of this shit on my b-day. Didn't have time to mix it tho but enjoy it anyway!" And enjoy it you should. It's rare enough to get a taste of the local legend emceeing, and his smooth flow, introspective rhymes and foundation-of-the-scene beats make the tape great notwithstanding. Tracks like "Worse Burfday" and "Who Dat???" feel gloriously old school and raw, but stay accessible and easy to bob to. If you like hip-hop, Seattle... hell, if you like music, grab this tape quick.