This album was released on July 15th this year. Vic Spencer is an artist whom I’ve covered a few times on this blog before, and I’m definitely a big fan. I guess the same thing can be said about Small Professor. I’ve covered both of these artists multiple times, and I’m a fan of both of them, so I think this is gonna be another one of the better albums of the year. It’ll at least be one of the best albums of July I think. Or maybe it’ll be a huge disappointment. I doubt it though. I think this is gonna be great. Oh, I guess I should clarify that Vic Spencer is the MC and Small Professor is the producer for anyone who may be unfamiliar.
The album starts off with a pretty good song entitled Man in the Zone Radio. I think the jazzy production sounds nice, and the quick verse from Vic is pretty solid. It’s far from the best on the album, and even the little voice in the background said “gotdamn, Vic. I thought you had more bars than that.” It’s still good though. You can just tell that it’s an intro and isn’t really the climax of the record. The production is nice, and the verse is solid. It left me wanting more, so I guess it works as an intro pretty well. I fuck with this song. It’s followed by a highlight entitled Pitfall Music, which features Flee Lord & DJ Revolution. I of course really enjoyed the opening verse from Flee Lord, and I love the tense, chaotic production from Small Pro. The scratches from DJ Revolution are a really nice touch. However, as much as I enjoy the production and contributions from DJ Revolution, I have to admit that I prefer the remix of this song that appears at the end of the album. The production is slightly more enjoyable for me, and the additional verse from Recognize Ali was really great. I actually think it’s one of the better performances I’ve heard from Recognize Ali in a while.
Outta no fucking where I came through and shake the game
Niggas know the fuckin' name, high when I bring the pain
Two-steppin' in the rain, on point like my fuckin' name
Top 3 rappers out, Flee, Vic, and David Blaine
The closing line where he said his verses are worth a key of coke was hard as hell. I love his verse honestly. He really came through on this track, and that’s coming from someone who wasn’t really feelin’ the last project I heard from him. Vic Spencer’s actual verse was really hard too.
Pussyfoot, platypus, puss-pop, pussy boi
Watch your body get filled with slugs while I smoke cookies, boi
They overlooked me, boi, so I took the Flee route
Y'all still here, but Sean P & Prodigy out?
That got me pissed off, I'm sick, dog
I'll throw you off a cliff, dog, your ass gon' be screamin' down a pitfall
Both versions of the song are dope as hell. Track 3 is called Lil Jon’s Weed Stash. I really like the inclusion of Lil Jon’s ad-libs in the background, and I love how Vic started rapping as soon as the track started. I think this is the point on the album where Vic’s rapping gets really impressive.
Just keep your children off the streets
Slap rappers' lips off, I think talk is cheap
Found yourself in a lot of pain walkin' with sheep
Circle your whole frame, then put the chalk by your feet
Venomous murder, the kick show that I'm splurgin'
Wavy with the flow, I glow when I'm emergin'
They searchin' for a phenom to take over the radio
I don't scream on my songs, the critics still rate it though
I really dig the kind of floaty, mystical-sounding production too. It’s definitely not one of my favorite beats on the album, but I certainly enjoyed it overall. The song is really dope. It’s followed by a highlight entitled WAVEZ, micro.
I love the production on this song. You probably already know this if you’ve been following me for a long time, but I’m a marijuana-enthusiast, so hearing the sound of someone ripping bong incorporated into the beat definitely excited me. This is easily one of the best songs on the album to me. There’s not a single aspect of this track that I don’t like. Vic’s rapping on this track is great. It’s cool to hear some slightly more focused content from him.
I'm not that little nigga that was rich as fuck as a kid
I'm not that guy that's gonna sit on my ass 'til the end
No matter when I start, I'm gonna have me some ends
In the beginning of my career niggas didn't want me to win
Before that I never thought these other people would even like my music
That's because that ain't the reason why I write my music
My aunt says my music trash, but it sold out on vinyl
I know a chick right now playin' my shit on Tidal
I even like the hook on this track a lot, and the beat switch that occurs for the second verse is fantastic. I honestly like the second beat even more than the first one. I don’t know whose work I enjoyed on this track more between Vic & Small Pro. It’s dope as hell. The following track is yet another highlight entitled Ew McNasty’s Revenge. I think I like this track even more to be honest. This is probably my favorite track up to this point on the record. I think Ew McNasty is a character I’ve heard Vic mention before in the past, but I can’t really remember. Anyway, I guess the theme of this song is just him rapping about really gross shit.
Shit stank like teeth plaque
Niggas used to fuck hoes in my crib, I pulled the sheets back
That shit that sit in the sewer, I'm right beneath that
Jackass rappers just eat grass
Broad daylight fuckin' lesbos in the back of my whip
Then go to the studio and write the shit that I did
Some of my favorite lines include “I take shits in porta-potties” and “I smell worse than a cokehead.” This song probably has the most quotable lines out of any of the tracks on the album to be honest. I love it. I really appreciate how sinister the production sounds too. This shit is dope as hell. It’s followed by an instrumental interlude entitled That Gas. It’s a really good beat that includes a sample of what sounds like someone saying “somebody farted.” One thing I look for when I listen to instrumental music is to see whether or not the beat is actually fun to rap to, and this song definitely meets that criteria. It’s dope. I fuck with it. The next song is another highlight called Selfcare Welfare. Honestly, this song probably has my favorite instrumental on the whole album. I love the jazzy piano loop. The entire song is pretty much just one long verse from Vic. It’s very good though. I mainly enjoyed this track so much because of Vic’s flow and the production. I just think the beat and rapping are really good. That’s pretty much all it comes down to. It’s dope as hell. The next track is called Cherry Red Elephant, and it features an artist with whom I was previously unfamiliar named Stevie Crooks. I was pretty impressed with the guy though. The references to Prince of Persia and the Fantastic 4 were really cool. The second verse from Vic was really nice too. I think the contrast between the two MCs on this track is really cool. They have very different voices and flows, so the song kinda keeps you on your toes. The melodic production from Small Pro is really nice too. It’s a dope song. The last song that I haven’t mentioned yet is called Disobey Your Thirst, and I think it’s one of the best songs on the album. This song definitely has one of my favorite beats on the project too. I love how hard hitting the percussion is, and the beat just has a really dark, ominous atmosphere to it. The instrumental eventually switches up for approximately the last third of the song, which is really cool. The real reason this song is so good to me is just because of Vic’s storytelling though. The entire track is a pretty detailed story involving three characters. Not only is the storytelling really well-executed, but I also feel that this song has some of Vic’s best flows on the album. This shit is dope as hell.
This is definitely one of the best projects I’ve ever heard from Vic Spencer. I think Psychological Cheat Sheet 2 is still my favorite, but this one comes pretty close to be honest. Not only is it one of the best projects I’ve heard from Vic, but it’s one of the best albums I’ve heard this year period. The production from Small Professor is really good, and Vic gave me exactly what I wanted from him. It’s a really concise project; you can listen to the whole thing in just under half an hour, and there’s not a single track here that isn’t worth returning to. Most of the tracks here are highlights for me. All of the features came through with great performances as well. I honestly think Recognize Ali was my favorite one, which came as a surprise to me. The songs here are just really entertaining to me. This project is really great. Check it out. I think it’s super dope.