REVIEW: Thundamentals – Foreverlution
So much for difficult second albums. That old adage seems to have lost relevance for me, after reviewing Toddla T‘s excellent second album, Watch Me Dance, local Hiphop heads Thundamentals have blown me away with their own second album Foreverlution, following their rock solid debut Sleeping On Your Style.
Part of the next wave of quality local rap, following on from the likes of The Herd and Tzu, Thundamentals have risen through the ranks with peers such as The Tongue, Rapaport, Daily Meds, Bingethinkers and Funkoars to become one one the countries hottest local Hiphop talents. The rappers Tuka and Jeswon served their apprenticeship and have formed a formidable team, the tried and true 2 MCs and 1 DJ (run!), with the producer and DJ, Morgs.
Bold statement No 1: This album is one of, if not the best Hiphop albums this country has ever produced. It’s overall cohesion and quality control is beyond most I’ve come across, and importantly is full of dope lyrics, fat beats and catchy as f**k choruses.
It primarily deals in classic middle school (95 to 05) type cuts, akin to Mos Def, Jurassic 5 and (hate on me now) The Fugees. I’ll take that over something sounding like current B.E.P. releases any day! Certainly the smooth soul and jazz inflected beats and sung choruses could have come from any quality backpack rap crew from that era, but dated it’s not. It also features a wicked Dubstep influenced tune “Thundacats” featuring Dysphemic, and a couple of Dilla-esque sloppy beats, “Your Name” and “Dimension 3.”
While for me there’s nothing that quite reaches the heights of my favourite Oz Hiphop tunes, Hermitude‘s “Alleys to Valleys” and “Gusto’s Theme” ft Spikey Tee, and Urthboy‘s “No Rider,” the high quality of all the tracks makes it hard to pick a favourite. It’s all killer no filler here! The 3 I’ve already mentioned are wicked, as is “Check My Fresh” featuring Vida Sunshyne, sounding like vintage Les Nubians, with bonus faux french in the verses (“Foux Do Fa Fa” by Flight of the Choncords springs to mind). My only (slight) criticism is that at times Tuka and Jeswon‘s tone is so similar it’s hard to tell them apart, but as they’re both rock solid, and change up their flows it doesn’t really matter.
Bold Statement No 2: As long as the new Hermitude album makes it out by the end of the year, 2011 will go down as one of the best years for local beats, with tons of dope albums, EPs and singles popping out of the woodwork so far, and there’s still 4 months left. Ozzy Hiphop has never been healthier. And these lads look to be at the forefront for many years yet. Their production values, choice of collaborators and heavy lyricism points to a bright future.
Bold Statement No 3: The Blue Mountains has produced way too many of the countries best beats. Come on the rest of Australia, lift your game!
Check out some of the tunes on their facebook page and the wicked video above from the last album.