Dan The Automator - Presents 2k7: The Tracks
Goddamn. This could've been SO good. Granted, I know what what you're thinking: how much was I really expecting from a disc that, for all intent and purpose, is just another promo for a video game?
Lemme tell ya, I was expecting a LOT.
Considering: 1) 2K Sports' previous disc, '2K6', was one of the finest hip-hop compilations released in 2005, indicating that it's producers had a notion that despite the cd's obvious commercial leanings, it didn't have to be a completely soulless affair, but in fact could be something of quality. 2) Dan The Automator is a fine DJ on his own, to say nothing of his involvement with such successful projects as Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modelling School, and Lovage. 3) the participation of such talented luminaries as Mos Def, Aceyalone, Heiroglyphics (did I spell that right?), Chali 2NA, and A friggin Tribe Called Quest.
Considering all of these factors, this compilation should've been, if you'll excuse the pun, a slam dunk; and not just your run-of-the-mill dunk, we're talking street-ballin', under-the-leg, alley-oop, 1/2 Man 1/2 Amazing acrobatics. Instead, what we're presented with is a mediocre collection of uninspired tracks, fit only to be relegated to the background in some poorly-pixelated Super Nintendo waste of an afternoon.
There are a few standout tracks: Mos Def rarely disappoints, and 'Here Comes The Champ' is no exception; Lupe Fiasco pulls his weight (with Evidence from Dilated Peoples) on 'Catch Me', and Chali 2NA's contribution is worth checking out; surprisingly, it's Slim Thug's 'I Love This Game' that really shines on this collection, as Slim rises from his usual ghetto-fabulous prattle to show that he truly has the skills, even if he rarely displays them anywhere else.
Unfortunately, none of these are enough to save this cd, which just turns out to be a good idea poorly executed. This thing is just not worth your time.
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