When I received this album, I played it a lot and loved the fact that the opening track sampled the Beastie Boys. Since then, Adam Yauch has passed away but life and music lives on, and this album is a reflection of not only unity through music, but the unity of hip-hop at its best.
Straight, No Chaser is dialogue from writer and MC to fan and haters alike, to create something that will become a favorite among those who love well done music but also be favored in the next few years as a great “underground classic-to-be”. One of the best elements of this album is that he interacts with the music, it’s not just cool and funky samples slapped together to catch the ears of music nerds, but the music is at one with the voice and vice versa. This method is not unlike one of DJ Premier‘s best kept secret, and Reks is also not afraid to teach at the same time he is entertaining through dropping some dope sounding flows and rhymes. Let naysayers claim that hip-hop is dead, Reks proves that it’s vibrant in the 21st century.
(Straight, No Chaser is also available on vinyl, you can order it from Amazon by clicking the middle box shown below.)