Once again, my desire to try and carve out some time for a real review of a record I enjoy has resulted in nothing but a huge delay in coverage for the rather excellent Extra Science.
As a longtime fan of Fresh Kils production work, I’m always interested in his projects, but Kitchener MC Fraction was new to me. There was clearly nothing to worry about there, as the two of them have an obvious chemistry with Kils providing mostly thumping, Preemo-approved, boom-bap-style beats that perfectly match Fraction’s no-nonsense delivery. While it may be no-nonsense, it certainly isn’t boring – listen close and you’ll be treated to plenty of verbal gems in the form of classic references and smile-inducing punchlines (“odds stay unfair like slap-boxing with fish, pull a U-ey around the planet but my name ain’t Kish”).
Fraction isn’t afraid to switch up his style though, as he shows with the ominous tale of abuse and murder he weaves on “Another One Forgotten”, and with the help of Kils fantastic beat, and a vocal assist from Mister E, “That’s A Rap” does a great job of bringing back that good ol’ late 80′s/early 90′s fast rap.
It seems that loving hip hop is rather fashionable right now amongst Internet-based music enthusiasts, but by and large, this isn’t the kind of record those folks are championing. That’s a damn shame in my humble, because not only is this an awesome record, but it’s the kind of record that helps keep alive the sound and spirit of the type of hip hop that I (and so many others) grew up on and still love. So big kudos to Fraction & Fresh Kils for making a great album – the kind I hope folks never stop making, I know I’ll never stop posting on them. Get this one folks.