Reviewed by Roy
Whoever would have thought that hip-hop would go from ultra-lyrical and pivotal to on a hospital bed in critical? Back in the day you had to be unique and creative, now if you mimic you are major. Well at least that’s the case in the mainstream. True emcees are like precious gems, because they’re born underground. One listen to Cheech Bundy and you’ll catch feelings of nostalgia. Nostalgia, not from a dated sense, more so a reflection of those elements that are missing in the mainstream. He is an artist who found a mesh between neo and classical. Cheech Bundy’s work can easily appeal to a broad audience of hip hop lovers, from purists of old to youthful souls.
For him to have found this medium he would have to be a student of the culture. Most graduates of esteemed schools find ways to give back to their respective school. Graduates of Ivy League schools who become successful usually contribute something back to their alma mater. Cheech Bundy’s Boom Bap Rap Project is an audio contribution to the university of hip hop. This project is a beautiful ode to the purity of raw 90’s lyricism. It’s a reflection of the vibe that infused the music and era Cheech experience coming up. In a sense it’s visiting the essence of Cheech’s childhood.
Bundy’s audio treasure chest contains various jewels to sift through. It begins with the intro setting the tone for the project with “Phat Boy Smokes.” In this track speaks of how he is showing his age and how he attained being skillful with ink stains. “You had to live it, to learn it,” says Bundy. This is a powerful line and could possibly be the main reason why many of the young rappers these days have no respect for the essence of hip-hop culture. How can one respect what they have never experienced? Another gem is 1996, which is a crazy head nod, audio visual of that time period. The vibe continues to accelerate with the joint “HipHopNerd” ft. Blu. This track exhibits insane levels of raw lyricism. Artist Blu meshes well within the lyrical onslaught that Cheech sparks the track off with. “Retrospect”………lawdhammercyyyyyyyyyyy. Look, no more spoilers…this album takes you on a hip hop high. Dope beats, dope lyrics and a history lesson….this is hip hop.
One can do nothing but respect this project which is Bundy’s retrospect through rap. He takes us on a journey via sound. Imagine hopping in the cockpit of the DeLorean with Cheech in the driver’s seat, listening to boom bap as you blast to the past, when hip-hop had class. This album has a back to the future flow. Listen to this album at high volumes and don’t forget your neck brace. This is a timeless joint that is enjoyable from into to the poetic eclectic outro.
Cheech Bundy's Website: http://www.cheechbundy.com/