The first full-length album from a couple of incredibly talented Seattle-based hip hop artists, it's incontrovertibly true to say this record is highly-anticipated and has long been longed for. Featuring collaborations with everyone from Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses to Ab-Soul of Black Hippy as well as ScHoolBoy Q and Mary Lambert, suffice it to say, it's an album worth waiting for. Though many of the tracks begin with a sermon type monologue delivered a cappella followed by a beat that slowly picks up speed, this record certainly isn't a one trick pony. "Thrift Shop" is a silly throwback tune that's made all the more fun by the apt use of honking trumpets. Lyrically "Same Love" is an introspective look into today's mainstream culture and manages to be heartfelt in its words as well as a great listen. Though this first album is a slight departure from their past works, is a shining example of what hip-hop and rap could be in the world of music today and what it is desperately missing.
Worth a Listen: "Thrift Shop"