|The long awaited follow-up to One Be Lo's Sonogram! This, however, is only the first twelve steps to the rumored L.I.F.E. due out next year! You know how we feel about this guy here at Access and we are proud to represent The R.E.B.I.R.T.H. and look forward to what we feel will be a long and promising career!
|Production: 1, 5 & 8 Texture (of the Lab Techs), 2 K Krueser, Memo (Molemen), 4 & 10 Jake One, 6 Bean One, 7 Vitamin D, 9 Eric G, 11 DL Jones, 12 14KT (of the Lab Techs).|
|2.||Born & Raised|
|3.||Keep It Rollin' (feat. Marvin Scruggs)|
|6.||War of the Hearts|
|7.||Don't Sleep |
|8.||House Rules |
|10.||The G Gap|
|12.||Hip Hop Heaven|
Real Emcee's Bring Intelligent Rhymes To Hip-Hop (3.5 Stars)
, March 26, 2008
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One Be Lo's "S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M." Was my favorite album of 2005. So naturally, my expectations for "The R.E.B.I.R.T.H." were high. Notably, this album is quite a bit shorter than it's predecessor. One Be Lo's lyrics don't sound quite as personal this time around, nor is his word play any sharper. Also, the production brought forth by Texture (of the Lab Techs), K Krueser, Memo (of the Molemen), Jake One, Bean One, Vitamin D, Eric G., D.L. Jones, & 14KT (of the Lab Techs) leaves the album a bit scattershot, and isn't nearly as cohesive as the beats on "S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M.", which were mostly produced by the Subterraneous camp - Magestik Legend, Decompoze, & One Be Lo himself. There's no doubt this albums carries a different vibe.
There are plenty of solid joints here. "Rebirth" & "Born & Raised" are a great 1-2 punch to get the album moving. And they are a couple of my favorites. Some of the production gets a little played out, like the samples from Mr. T (from Rocky 3) that get used on at least 2 tracks. My favorite joint here is "House Rules" produced by Texture (of the Lab Techs). The beat is absolutely banging, and it displays One Be Lo at his best.
Overall, the over abundance of producers aren't meshing well with Lo in the end. Lo is on point, and brings some nice messages to the album, but also feels a little disconnected in the overall feel. A nice album for 2007, but not as scathing as his previous work.