I was a fan of the first Felt CD (A Tribute to Christina Ricci). But I really didn't feel that it was up to par with Murs' and Slug's solo works. The first album was something I would give a 3-4 star rating, simply because it didn't shine like Murs' "The End Of The Beginning" or Atmosphere's "Seven's Travels". Murs and Slug are kings in underground hip-hop, and I wasn't about to dismiss an attempt at doing it better the second time (Felt: Vol. 2). I'm pleased to say that this time around, they did it much, much better. The beats brought forth by The Grouch on the first album were decent, but there was definitely a sense of unity that was missing. This time around, they opted for Ant to produce the album, which was a great call. It doesn't sound like two rappers and a producer throwing together some songs anymore. They actually sound like a complete group, composing a riveting and cohesive set of underground anthems. Ant's beats and rhythms really bring out the best in these two emcees, creating some truly infectious sets.
Bread and butter would be the best way to describe the attack by Murs and Slug. You'd be hard pressed to find a collaboration on the caliber of this album. As you know, Slug and Murs are longtime veterans in the underground. They have a history of working together dating back to the "Overcast" days, and this album is proof that their work has paid off. Best of all, this is a deeper look into the personas of Murs and Slug. You can feel the fun these two are having in the studio, which gives it a personal and infectious feel. These guys got the story rhymes down to an exact science. Like their solo efforts, the lyrics are fairly easy to follow (in comparison to artists like Aesop Rock), and they got a sweet old school flair that's intoxicatingly memorable. The first jam, "Employees of the Year" kicks it off right, with Slug spouting off lyrics like this one - "I'm not as young as I look girl, I'm old-school / Somewhere between Pro Tools and a gold tooth." "Your Mans and Them", the third cut, hits even harder. At this point, they are trading verses with boiling chemistry. Then comes a skit, "Lisa (Never Easty on My Nextel)" with Murs calling up his "L.A. pu**y", which is actually pretty entertaining for a skit. "Morris Day" has got to be one of my favorites on the album. Ant's production is chilling and beautiful here, with great lyrics to match. But my favorite track as of now is "Dirty Girl". This one has my favorite beat on the record, which is very reminiscent of the production on Atmosphere's "Modern Man's Hustle". They each share stories of how they fell in love at first sight with some "dirty" girls; one being an auto mechanic and the other being a short-order chef. "Early Mornin' Tony" is a fun tune, which features a sample from The Beastie Boys and an homage to Ice-T's "6 N' the Mornin'" (fitting for all the sex rhymes). "Breaker Down Like a Shotgun" features some ever-so-tight verses from both emcees. "Marvini Gaye" features one of Ant's most infectious beats. "Bonet (Cement Angels)" is very similar to the other interlude with Murs, which is also very humorous. The whole album solidly flies by without a single dud in the mix.
One could only complain about the lyrical content. For the most part, they rap about girls and sex. On paper, that might sound like some mainstream crap. But I assure you, it's not. You may not be that into the lyrics if your favorite hip-hop label is Anticon, or something else of the sort. But you know what to expect from Murs and Slug; no complicated metaphors, just hard-hitting lyrics about everyday life; the kind I have grown to love. Their style is simply impenetrable. I listen to a ton of underground hip-hop, and I've listened to this album about 15 times since it's release last Tuesday. Needless to say, it has completely exceeded my expectations.