Mega Philosophy

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Produced in total by Large Professor, Cormega's Mega Philosophy finds the rapper returning after a five-year hiatus and taking hip-hop to task for letting things slide while he was gone. Of course, veteran respected rappers returning with anti-bling efforts is a style that's reached critical mass, but with lines like "Maybe I'm too advanced for crack babies/My impact is similar to Basquiat paintings" ("Mars"), comet Cormega can feel free to pick the topic anytime he enters our orbit. "I paid dues in the streets/Respect is my receipt" is the true talk that comes from "Honorable" with special guest Raekwon, and if any of this sounds ponderous or heavy-handed to a fault, Professor and Cormega keep things popping with music and hooks that are vibrant and/or approachable. Blows against the empire are seldom so singalong and soulful, so take that album title to heart, especially the "Mega" bit.

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