KURUPT PRESENTS: TANGLED
Philly 2 Cali |
Release Date : May 22, 2007
Label : Good Hands Records
Dub Quotable: The DPG affiliation will no doubt attract many West Coast
heads, but Tek, Cas and De show enough skills here to shine in their own
The latest release from Philadelphia's Tangled Thoughts could be the key to an
incredible career. With the backing of new mentor, Tha Dogg Pound’s Kurupt,
the PA trio delivers an album that adeptly combines Hip-Hop styles from the
East and West Coast. Like Kurupt, the three members of Tangled Thoughts have
paid dues on both sides and are ready to be heard.
“Philly 2 Cali” works as a concept album of sorts. An opening interlude
features Tangled Thoughts' Tek, Cas and De landing at LAX to be greeted by
Kurupt and younger brother Roscoe. The DPG duo promises to introduce the
Philly boys to the sights and sounds of Los Angeles. What follows is 70
minutes of premier Hip-Hop boasting rugged East Coast lyricism over
distinctive West Coast production.
All three emcees bless the tracks with rapid-fire delivery that showcases
their desires and will have you rewinding to catch their more complex rhymes.
Tek's flawless flow on the Kurupt and Roscoe-assisted “Jumpoff,” for example,
says it all: "Fuck all y'all non-believers, it's T-H-O with Young 'Sco the
meanest / And Gotti's heated, ready to release the millimeters / This is south
Philly speaking, here to kill the beefing / With a team of guerrillas
squeezing until your grill is leaking." The Thoughts' drive must be
infectious, as a fiery Kurupt sounds more energized on his five appearances
here than he has for years.
The production is equally impressive. Beats like “All I Ever Knew”, “Chedda
Chasin” and “Been Thru Sum Thangs” sound as close to the sounds popularized by
Dr. Dre as anything outside the Aftermath camp. “Big Bossin” and “Another
Night In L.A.,” meanwhile, carry that undeniable West Coast groove.
Admittedly, some of the songs sound out of place. The title track and “Til Tha
Sun Come Up” both feature 'screwed' vocals and drawling, synth-heavy beats.
These sound more suited to a Rick Ross CD than this East-meets-West themed
release. Such songs aren't bad – “Philly 2 Cali” being a great, up-tempo
introduction to the album - but it’s bizarre to hear these East Coast rappers
profess passion for the West over such syrupy tracks.
Weaker moments are few and far between. Nor Tangled Thoughts, Kurupt, or Gail
Gotti can rescue the dreary “Real One” from its redundant beat. Likewise,
“These Jawns” is a tired tale of groupie love that sounds like something
Snoop's parody group Nine Inch Dix would record. However, these mundane songs
suffer because of boring backdrops – the crew’s lyrics are generally stellar
“Philly 2 Cali” is an exciting album that showcases some new talent with great
prospects. The DPG affiliation will attract the West Coast heads, but Tek, Cas
and De show enough skills here to shine in their own right.