Ed O.G - After All These Years (Review)

Edo.G - After All These Years (Essence of Hip-Hop)

"After All These Years" is the eleventh album from veteran Boston rapper Ed O.G. The album features guest appearances from Guilty Simpson, Chuck D, King Magnetic, Camp Lo and others as well as production from Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Marco Polo and others. It was released on September 9, 2014 via 5th & Union.

1) 2 Turntables & A Mic - The first song on the album finds Ed O.G  doing his thing over a head nodding Pete Rock instrumental with a swirling sample over boom-bap drums. The beat is absolute fire and Ed O.G  rips it while spitting some boastful bars in his usual slightly aggressive, but slower, flow. I'm really feelin' this track. Very dope way to start off the album. - 4.5/5

2) Back & Forth (featuring King Magnetic) - Ed O.G links up with AOTP affiliate King Magnetic as both emcees trade off some braggadocios bars over a chopped up string sample. The rhymes are ill and the beat, by 9th Wonder, is flames. Another very dope track. - 4.25/5

3) The Anthem - The beat on this cut, courtesy of Obatron, is just as laid back as the past few, but this time with some soft pianos and a horn that gives the beat a jazzy feel. Lyrically the song finds Ed O.G going solo and spitting some slightly humorous rhymes about his skills on the mic and such. I'm really feelin' this track as well. - 4/5

4) Make Music - The legendary Pete Rock comes through with another banger on this cut, which ends up being the most energetic beat on the album so far. The instrumental is classic Pete Rock, with a chopped up jazz sample layered over boom-bap drums, and Ed O.G just bodies it as he spits about making that real hip-hop shit. This album is shaping up to be something serious. - 4.5/5

5) 16's (featuring Guilty Simpson) - This song features Ed O.G teaming up with Detroit emcee Guilty Simpson over a darker Explizit One instrumental centered around a chopped up vocal sample and some synths during the chorus. The beat is dope and the lyrics are the usual from these two, which is a good thing though. - 3.75/5

6) U N I - The instrumental on this song, courtesy of Blezz, is made up of a darker sample looped up over boom-bap drums that is another of my favorites on the album. I must admit, the first few times I listened to this song I found the beat to be too repetitive, but it definitely grew on me after repeated listens. Lyrically the song is real nice as well, with Ed O.G spitting "that boom-bap with ill chorus." - 4/5

7) Neva Die (Boom Bap) - True to the title of the song, this cut finds Ed O.G rapping about how real hip-hop will never die over a crazy Marco Polo instrumental. The beat is nice, with a familiar chopped up vocal sample that gives the song its name over rolling drums, and Ed O.G sounds great over it. Another dope track. - 4/5

8) Love (featuring Camp Lo) - ThatKid LMD comes through with the beat on this cut, which is easily the lightest instrumental on the project so far. The shit is dope though, with a carefree vocal loop and pianos over stomping boom-bap drums. Lyrically the song is pretty good too, with Ed O.G teaming up with Camp Lo (who dropped a nice mixtape with Pete Rock last year) as they rap about the things they love. I don't think I heard a verse from Sonny Cheeba on here though. - 3.5/5

9) Let Da Horns Blow (featuring Walter Beasley) - This joint is the final Pete Rock produced song on the album and it's another banger. The beat is real soulful, with bright horns and keys over dusty boom-bap drums, and Ed O.G rips it while Walter Beasley just provides some subtle backing vocals. - 4/5

10) Da Beef Goes On (featuring Special Teamz) - This song features and is produced by Special Teamz (which is Ed O.G. himself, Slaine and Jaysaun) and it's real nice. The beat is another looped up soul sample, with some soft chimes and vocals on the chorus, and all three emcees come correct over it as they kick some stories about relationships gone wrong. - 3.5/5

11) Listen (featuring G Dot and Born) - Jas Productionz comes through with a real dope instrumental on this cut, featuring a jazzy backing sample, swirling strings/chimes and a sped up vocal loop on the chorus. As far as the rhymes go, Ed O.G. links up with G Dot and Born as all three rappers kick some more boastful bars. - 3.5/5

12) Fight (featuring Chuck D) - The final song on the album is produced by Vanderslice and has a sort of stadium rock feel to it that I'm not really a fan of. Lyrically the song is a little better than the beat, with Ed O.G. and the legendary Chuck D spitting their rhymes in extremely slow flows. Surprisingly, this is easily my least favorite song on the album. Despite that, it's still pretty good. - 3/5

I'm going to rate the album

3.75 / 5

because it's quite good. Mostly all of the beats on here have a mid-90's, "golden era" vibe to them that you know I'm a huge fan of. The production from 9th Wonder, Marco Polo and especially Pete Rock is all top notch and full of that classic boom-bap sound. Lyrically the album is just as good the production, with Ed O.G. sounding about the same as he always has (which is a good thing by the way). He is still bringing it after all these years and shows no sign of ever slowing down. While there are a few songs I'm not feelin' as much as the others ("Fight", for one), there is nothing on here that is even close to being terrible and many of the songs are well above average. All in all, "After All These Years" is another dope addition into Ed O.G.'s extensive discography.

1 comment:

  1. yeah - Ed O.G. has always been a good one, much respect!