Now, I don't listen to rap or hip hop. I'm more of a prog/art rock kind of person, though I will listen to anything that is genuinely creative. However, I have been a subtle fan for years for that reason: they aren't like other rap or hip hop groups I've ever heard. The music is unique, there's actual singing, and even the rapping itself shows great skill; it's not just talking over a beat, and I'd challenge anyone who thinks it takes no skill to try to do what Doseone does in tracks like Apes part II.
I've had A New White for years, particularly in love with the tracks "She" and "I Heart L.A" I finally decided to get this, not knowing how it would sound. My first thought upon finishing it was "That was good, but it was too short." I honestly though it was only a half an hour album, but then I checked and it was just over 50 minutes. That's a really good thing for an album to hook you in so much that you loose track of time. So far, I have not listened to any tracks alone, it's been start to finish for me each of the many times I've already listened to it, although a few tracks that stood out for me were Apes part II, nomanisisland, and Bed to the Bills. One thing I did notice though was the strange song structure in the last few tracks. Constantly changing, they seemed to be closer to progressive than to what one would expect from a band that may be labled as rap or hip hop, but this act doesn't deserve a lable, they're too original for that. While I may love this band, I doubt I'll ever journey into rap beyond Doesone's projects, but they have given me hope that rap isn't always as what the mainstream spews out.
Anyways, thanks goes out to ZekeySpaceyLizard who posted a video on albinoblacksheep many years ago for She. Without it, I doubt I'd have ever heard of this incredible band. And this album is truly deserving of these five stars, being lyrically, rhythmically, and musically outstanding overall.