El Da Sensei - Try Again EP (Review)

 El Da Sensei - Try Again EP (Review) (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"Try Again" is the latest EP from New Jersey emcee El Da Sensei (who is one half of the legendary hip-hop crew The Artifacts for those that don't know). El holds the entire EP down solo vocally, but the project does feature production from Joc Max, D Smooth and House Shoes as well as some scratches by Damu The Fudgemunk. It was released on June 10, 2014 via Redefinition Records.

1) Try Again - The EP kicks off with the first single released in promotion of the project and its fire. The beat, by Joc Max, has a real smooth feel to it, with some nice pianos, airy flutes or horns and ill scratching by Damu The Fudgemunk. Lyrically El rips it (as should be expected), flowing effortlessly over the beat and rhyming about his determination and strive to reach higher heights in hip-hop and in life in general. This ones a banger. - 4.5/5

2) Smoke To Me - El Da Sensei spits some weed raps over a darker D Smooth instrumental that has a real smoked out, hazy feel to it. The beat is real ill and meshes well with El's lyrics and smooth flow. Very nice track. - 4/5

3) Last Round - The final song on the EP features El Da Sensei spitting fire over a head nodding House Shoes instrumental with some stuttering drums, an atmospheric sample and some backing vocals that come in during the chorus. As on the previous two tracks, the beat is real nice and El comes correct over it, proving that he still has it after all these years. - 4.25/5

I'm going to rate the EP

4.25 / 5

because it's real dope. All three of the beats on here are banging and perfectly compliment El Da Sensei's signature flow while managing to keep a modernized boom-bap sound at the same time. Lyrically El is about the same as he always has been, ripping all three of the instrumentals and sounding pretty much the same he has since the 90's (which is a great thing by the way). Fans of El Da Sensei / The Artifacts as well as hip-hop fans in general are going to love this release. Peep the full EP below and then head on over to the Redefinition Records Bandcamp site to cop the full project.


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