Album Review | East Hampton Polo Boys – Winter Catalogue

This album was released on January 14th this year. The East Hampton Polo Boys are a duo comprised of MC Scorcese Lorde Jones and producer Panels. Their first album, Summer Catalogue, was actually the first Scorcese project that I ever checked out, and I enjoyed it a lot, so I have no reason to believe that I won’t dig this new record. It’s got features from a lot of artists that I really fuck with, so I’m pretty excited to check it out. I’m hoping that it’ll be even better than Summer Catalogue.

The album starts off with a highlight entitled Conversation with Palpatine. I think Panels’ production on this track is really awesome; I love the minimalistic approach to the percussion. It’s a really cinematic-sounding beat. I love it. I thought this was just gonna be an instrumental intro at first, but I’m glad it’s not. It was really great to hear Scorcese again here, and he killed the verse.

You number than Orajel
When we count up, I'm talkin' green and white
United Nations when we mount up, so now what?
Your bitch arouse us, she stay in our trousers
Said she vegan, but she lovin' my flauta

I found it pretty hilarious that he referred to his cock as a flauta. That’s just as, if not more funny than when he referred to his dick as his salami log on Lobster Tales in My Tesla. Anyway, the song is fire overall. I think it’s dope as hell. Track 2 is called Steiner Math.

The melodic production from Panels is really nice, and Scorcese rhymed really well over it. The song’s got a very straightforward structure. It’s pretty much just one verse with no hook or bridge. The verse ends about halfway through the track, and the remainder of the song is taken up by an audio clip of some wrastler talking shit. I’m not sure who it is since I’m not that familiar with the history of WWE or WWF or whatever the fuck you wanna call it. Anyway, I enjoyed this track overall. It’s not a favorite of mine on this album, but I think it’s pretty good. I fuck with it. The following track is called Dope Dealer Kingpin Wheels. This was one of the more exciting tracks for me because it features Lord Juco, who I like a lot. I think the production from Panels on this track is really great, and Scorcese sounds really good over it. The first verse is dope, and I even like the sung hook on this track. The second verse from Lord Juco is pretty great as well.

I'm chillin', I'm chillin', still done took over
Y'all forever foot soldiers
Got overlooked, now the lord look over the war
Make sure the pushovers holdin' the door
Where's your soul? You done sold it for sure
Four Benz interchanged, should've hold it for more
You never know what's in store when you controllin' the boy
Lord whip up a verse like the hustlers whip work
Shit's perfect, know my fiends deserve it

I think the song is really dope overall. It’s followed by 1973 Pam Grier in Jet Magazine, which features Rahiem Supreme. I don’t have a lot of experience with Rahiem Supreme; the only other time I know I’ve heard from him was when he was featured on a song called Forever Shaap by ANKHLEJOHN. I really enjoyed his performance on this song though. I think him and Scorcese are a great match honestly. Their vocal deliveries are kinda similar in my opinion. This song also has one of the better beats on the album in my opinion. It’s really good. The first verse from Scorcese was great too. My only slight nitpick with this song is that I think it could’ve used a more fleshed out ending instead of just having the beat ride out for 75 seconds. The song is dope overall though. I fuck with it. Track 5 is called You Killed Vera (Shoulda Killed Me). I love the grittier production on this track, and I think Scorcese’s flow sounds great on the first verse. I think this track has some of the best rapping on the album. That line where he said, “danger like a zipper when you’re going commando” was fire to me. There’s a prominent movie clip sampled throughout this track, but I’m not sure what film it’s from. It could be from a TV show. I don’t know. I think it’s pretty interesting though. It works really well. This is definitely another one of the better songs on the album in my opinion. It’s really dope. It’s followed by Brett Favre, which is pretty good. It’s far from a highlight on this album for me, but I definitely enjoyed it overall. I just don’t love the production on this track as much as some of the other songs, but it’s still good. Both of the verses from Scorcese on this track are nice, and I even think the hook is pretty solid. It’s a cool track, but definitely not one of my favorites. I still fuck with it though. It’s followed by LA Noire, which has a pretty fantastic beat. The instrumental actually sounds like something that could appear in the LA Noire video game. I really like the straightforward structure of this song; Scorcese is just rapping the whole time with no hook. I really dig the more political lyrical content of this song too.

Bush stole elections, peep connections
Centuries turned from crosses burned to prison populations
'94 crime bill was a war crime
Geneva convention, wrong William got villified

I think the song is really dope. It’s another one of the better tracks on the album to me. Same goes for the following track, Language of Adam. I think Eddie Kaine killed the first verse. He sounded great, and he rhymed really goddamn well. I haven’t been crazy about the work I’ve heard from Zilla Rocca in the past, but I actually thought he did really well on the second verse too. The final verse from Scorcese is of course very good, and I also really dig the production on this track. Everyone involved in this song did a really good job. I think it’s dope. It’s followed by a highlight entitled Angel Dust on My Clarinet, which features Døøf. I think this track has one of the best beats on the album, and the first verse from Scorcese is great. I also really like the hook on this track. It’s probably my favorite hook on the project. It’s really dope to me. I think the second verse from Døøf is good too. He still sounds a lot like Roc Marciano to me, but I don’t really mind. This is easily one of the best songs on the album for me. I think it’s dope as hell. The penultimate song is called Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and it’s one of the most exciting tracks for me since it features Alaska. I’m actually not crazy about the production on this track, but it’s not bad. It’s just a bit simplistic and repetitive to me. I definitely like it to some extent, but it’s not the kinda beat that I could listen to without vocals. Thankfully Scorcese did it justice. The first verse was dope, and I like the hook as well. The second verse from Alaska is pretty good. He was rhyming really well. He had a nice five-syllable rhyme scheme at one point.

Decidedly East Coast when rhyming in beast mode
A little more impressive since he doesn't use cheat codes
Fuck it, let me take a sec and check it off my bucket list
I wanna be a ghostwriter and ghost-ride the whip

The song isn’t really a highlight for me like I expected it to be, but I still enjoyed it to some extent. I think it’s pretty good. The closing track is called Wisdom King Acala, and it has one of the prettiest beats on the whole album. I think the production is great. I like how this song is structured—it’s just one long verse from Scorcese with no hook or bridge. When he started talking on the outro I was kind of sad that it was over because I don’t know if we’re gonna be hearing more material from him after this. I’m not sure how much music is left over at this point. This was a good way to go out though. I think the song’s dope.

This album is really good. I like it about as much as I liked Summer Catalogue to be honest. I’m not sure which one I prefer. They’re both really good. I’m gonna have to listen to Summer Catalogue again just to decide which one is better. Anyway, I think the production from Panels is very good for the most part, and I’m really glad that none of these songs sound thrown together or half-assed. I’m not sure how much of this album was already finished before Scorcese passed, but I imagine it was kind of difficult to tie everything together. This doesn’t sound like a posthumous release though. It sounds like a finished product that Scorcese would’ve put out if he was still here, which is kind of miraculous in my opinion. The features all came through with dope performances. There’s not a single track here that I don’t like. It was just great to hear from Scorcese again. I’m satisfied with this album. I think it’s dope. Check it out.

Favorite Song: Angel Dust on My Clarinet
Least Favorite Song: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance


Grade: B

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