Various Artists

Guesswhyld Presents Past, Present and Future

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This album is reminiscent of a Soundbombing or Lyricist Lounge recording, in that it's a compilation that's as much fun and entertaining as it is quality music. Appearing are the now standard New York underground artists such as Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Mike Zoot, Punchline, and Wordsworth, plus verses by Queensbridge native Nature, Street Smartz, Royal Flush, Agallah (formerly 8-Off the Assassin), and El Da Sensei, along with production by Tommy Tee, DJ Spinna, and Large Professor. The track by the Lone Catalysts featuring Talib Kweli is probably the most prolific track but, strangely enough, it's already been published on their own debut album. Matt Fingaz makes a big impact here, appearing on a few tracks and really having fun with his rhyming. That kind of positive natural energy really adds to his appeal as an upcoming artist, and it helps him to shine above the rest, especially on the "Cum Again" remix. Overall, there aren't many weak moments, except for the Labba solo track "Big Bklyn," which just doesn't seem to fit in.

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