Album Review

Black C – “70’s Baby” – [Rightway Productions]

Thurston Hunger   7/30/2010   CD, Hip Hop

Last man standing from the Hunter’s Point Hit Squad, and
then the RBL Posse. Black C (Chris Matthews) plays a different
kind of hardball but doing it here over some soft 70’s soul
moves. Things move faster now than then, so we find a lot of
samples sped up…including #5,6,10,15 and 17. On “What
Could’ve Been” that ramp up works well, but later on it gets
a little gremlinized. Overall the beats though really capture
the plan, I bet some instro versions would’ve nailed heavy play.
Check the work over Willie Hutch on “I Got Money”, also the
convertible cruise on “The Life” with Moe the Hustla in the
passenger seat. “Why They Hate” starts with a phone call
confession, but has solid producton, wah-wah never fails
and these violin and trumpet trills work really punctuate
C’s short jab rhyme flow. The Cheffz bust out a gremlinized
Al Green for the finer things on “Gave U My Luv”. “Can’t
Go Back” does the best at capturing that 70’s flow. Mandatory
two tracks on herb, “Mary Jane” tips the blunt to both the
Magical Diamonds as well as the Posse’s original spark,
“Don’t Give Me No Bammer.”
While “My Bed Room” is supposed to be for the ladies, the
track after, “I’ll Never Tell” works the X chromosome a
little better, nice rhymin’ Simon. The closer has Martha B
add angel’s wings to the nostalgia of a nearly 40 year old
rapper. I’d say this lp mostly still has the mindset of
youth, but the introspection reflection of rap still alive
and recording beckons. Ruthless ain’t necessarily truthless.

-Thurston Hunger

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