You Can't Ignore The Evidence
Granted, Dilated Peoples bore the hell out of me in the year 2007. True, they had a nice run from 97-2001 or so, but now it's probably time for them to join J5 in that great underground hip-hop heaven in the sky. So it's understandable that bloggers have pretty much completely ignored Evidence's solo debut , The Weatherman LP that dropped last week. And while its no masterpiece, the mostly Alchemist-produced album has no shortage of bangers.
Evidence isn't compelling enough of an MC to carry a solo album on his own, but there's no mistaking the stellar flow and legitimate skills that allowed him to become one of the rising stars of the underground at the turn of the decade. And wisely, the album features supplements Ev's shortcomings with stellar guest spots from the likes of Defari, Phonte and Big Pooh of Little Brother, Planet Asia, and Slug. Coupled with ridiculously good beats, the record has an serious shot of making the outer reaches of my Top 10 best hip-hop albums released this year.
Specifically check out his collabo, "NC To CA" featuring Defari, Pooh and (sadly) Joe Scudda, as well as his cut with Slug, "Line of Scrimmage." While neither break any new ground lyrically, the head-nodding beats and anvil drums should keep heads ringin' all spring, in any type of weather.
MP3: Evidence ft. Slug-"Line of Scrimmage"
MP3: Evidence ft. Defari, Big Pooh & Joe Scudda-"NC to CA"