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Releases of the Week: El Da Sensei and Estelle by zegoldst
November 25, 2008, 7:57 pm
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El Da Sensei – Global Takeover

El Da Sensei, truly one of the underground kings, proves to his fans that despite his two-year hiatus he is back and better than ever.  Global Takeover takes jazzy samples back to the forefront of hip-hop.  El Da Sensei tears a wrecking ball through these tracks with his hard hitting flow that captures every listener.

One of the great things about underground rappers is that they have a signature sound and there are a lot of tracks on this album that El Da Sensei brought from his 2006 release The Unusual.  Another great thing is that rappers are always looking for a way to expand and this can be seen when El Da Sensei collaborates with Jazzy Jay. “Super-Fly Jazzy-J (Interlude)” is a great track that pays tribute to his idol and paves the way for the next track “Got Fire”.

Overall, Global Takeover takes El Da Sensei to a new light and will (hopefully) take him from his humble New Jersey beginnings to global master status.

Best Track: “Got Fire feat. Doujah Raze”

Estelle – Shine

Although Estelle is anything but fresh news she still deserves a shout out for bringing back the Lauryn Hill style of singing and rapping.  She was more or less discovered by John Legend and has been taken under the wings of greats including Cee-Lo and Kanye West.  Shine takes any listener back into a reggae dub style with flare and an all-star cast that proves Estelle can keep up with the competition.

Pretty Please (Love Me)” is one of those tracks that you can’t stop listening to.  It takes us back to the simpler days of R&B hinting on Al Green, Curtis Mayfield and a bit of James Brown.  Cee-Lo and Estelle complement each other beautifully with their trade off verses and soothing melodies.  The music on this track is amazing as well.  The drums hit a hip-hop beat and the piano flows through the song as the background choir brings out the texture of this colorful song.

Overall, this album is something to be cherished.  Sure, not every track is incredible or even very good but the it’s awesome that we can still find singers that love good, classic hip-hop and R&B.

Best Track: “Pretty Please (Love Me) featuring Cee-Lo”

-Zach Goldstein

1 Comment

I rely on your reviews each week for amazing new music to add to my IPOD. thanks for keeping me singing. Nice review this week- loving Estelle and looking forward to next week’s new pick already!!

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