When it comes to instrumental hip-hop albums, I very much want to hear the production, but I think I go out of my way to find out if it’s more than just beats, mere backing material. I want to know if the songs a producer creates is worthy, but if they are songs that can stand out on their own, I give a thumbs up. Ill Clinton’s The Prophecy EP gets two thumbs up.
What I hear in these songs are someone who knows how to construct, and that should be a standard for all producers. There are those who also create tracks that can fall into that trip-hop category, and that “>”/more than factor is what makes me want to listen to it. Cool beat selection, chopping techniques, effects and sound tweaks, and unique samples are what makes The Prophecy great. It’s not so much “unique” as they are sounds that you still don’t hear in the big vast world of hip-hop, but then again this could be considered more than hip-hop, or at least artists outside of hip-hop could benefit from working with Ill Clinton on future projects. I think this has lasting power, and if there are further EP’s on the way from this Us Natives beatmaster, bring it on immediately.