Lyrical Octane: Tha Gas Effect

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The intro shoutout track that begins Lyrical Octane: Tha Gas Effect is punctuated with some chest-rattling coughs, suggesting that the album was produced under the influence of blunts the size of Louisville Sluggers. An album intended at least partially as an introduction to the latest members of the C Way roster, this sprawling 17-track album has the loose, low-key feeling of an in-studio freestyle jam; rather than having individual showcases, the various rappers chime in with verses and one-liners all over the album. Songs range from the slamming hardcore gangsta "Excuse Me" to the weird left-field sample-based sound of the more experimental "Nolovealude." The scattershot approach means it's hard to get a handle on this album at first, but it also makes it much more varied and exciting than many similar mixtape-type albums that just have one song after another in the same basic style.

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