The Jukie jury has been silent for too long... The new acts on Def Jux are just not in the same class as El-P (whose phenomenal jazz album "High Water" dropped the same day), Aesop Rock, Can Ox, MURS, and RjD2, and the album suffers immensely because of it. I will not name names but there are some incredibly awful tracks on this one, the kind that grow irritating after thirty seconds and cannot even be listened to in their entirety. Nothing on here comes close to matching any of the label's earlier output.
This is not a diss from a fickle fan, this is a plea to the greatest hip hop label of all time to continue producing what they're known for: QUALITY ART.
I suppose it is obvious that one cannot expect a "Fantastic Damage", "Bazooka Tooth", "I Phantom", or "Cold Vein", every release... and yes this is a compilation, not an album, but this is weak. Come on. Honestly. Even the cover art (merely a replica of the website homepage) is uninteresting and (gulp) commercial.
I'm sorry but I have to be honest, and I'm not trying to hurt sales with my opinions- in fact, buy it and form your own judgement. Buy it if only for the reason that this label should be supported. I am simply a concerned fan, and I think I speak for a lot of people who absolutely love this label and would faithfully stand behind anything it produces- This one hurts.