Danger Mouse & Black Thought - Cheat Codes
Aug 12, 2022
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This feels like Black Thought's Stream Of Thought series on steroids, with a much higher standard of consistency, quality, and production. I'm all for Black Thought venturing by himself away from The Roots, but this is the first time I've heard one of his solo works approach his Roots works in quality. Me likey, especially if it includes one of the best MF DOOM features I've heard in a while. It's boom bappy, it's vibey, it's catchy, and it never strays from its sonic blueprint for too long. I also enjoy how the tempo on most of these beats never gets too high, it gives it a slower swing that illuminates Thought's lyricism even more. Even a bigger track like the RTJ + Rocky showcases a beat that I can best describe as 'not in a hurry.' Even the last track feels like a calmer, end-credits trod into the sunset! Man, I'm gonna enjoy relistening to this thing more and more, definitely one of the better records of this year.
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