Money Making Jam Boys - The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic
Known, (and perhaps feared), as the Money Making Jam Boys, their first mixtape, The Antidote, quietly slipped below the radars of most Hip Hop fans. This time around, Black Thought and his crew of Philly All-Stars including Dice Raw, Truck North, and P.O.R.N., alongside newest member, Atlanta native Sugar Tongue Slim, team up with streetwear brand 10 Deep to release The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic; the result is an eighteen track whirlwind of multiple flows over a smorgasbord of beats. The mixtape itself moves at a furious pace, separated only by intermittent shout outs by the rapping individuals, who each have rhyme styles and cadences varied enough for listeners to easily differentiate between when the debates of “who killed what” start to form. That said, these debates are sure to be heated as none of the five emcees slack on any of their performances. These are pure-bred lyricists; they’re less concerned with coming up with the best punchlines or overarching statements than they are with finding the perfect harmony between words and beats. However, none of their lyrics come across as overly-preachy or “underground”, which is what I feel is wrong with Slaughterhouse, another rap supergroup. There is no deep, underlying message; there is no movement to be pushed, and there is no hype to be built. This is Hip Hop in its most technical form; this is nerd rap without the nerds.