The apt Bay Area MC/freestyle impresario Bas-1 pairs up with beat-maker Fanatik on this 12" single, "Highly Effective People" b/w "It's a Klassic," on mandarin orange vinyl for Heretik/Insiduous Urban Records. The A-side makes an early case for quality hip-hop with a palatable beat underneath a "Light Another"-type doobie-reflection session. Bas-1's playful rhyme style and attitude toward getting the mind's attention is well-stated without being intrusive -- bouncing off the beats with ease and positive flow. Side B's "It's a Klassik" is much more active musically, with a crisp break and some nice scratching. All in all a good musical introduction to the upcoming For the Mentally Astute LP.
AllMusic Review by Glenn Astarita