Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 at 12:50 am
After a four year hiatus, the Justus League’s L.E.G.A.C.Y finally returns with the follow-up to his Project Mayhem album with his sophomore effort in Suicide Music.
Whereas his first record was primarily produced by 9th Wonder, the League’s other man behind the boards, Khrysis produces Suicide Music from top to bottom.
Containing appearances from artists like Sean Price, and fellow Justus League associates such as Phonte and Chaundon; L.E.G.A.C.Y, (which stands for Life Ends Gradually And Changes You) upholds the reputation of the collective from North Carolina by providing blue-collar Hip-Hop in a time where people are shying away from materialistic content in order to try and relate more to their listeners.
The project gets underway with Khrysis’ knack for samples on the title track, ‘Suicide Music,’ where L.E.G.A.C.Y discusses his form of creativity.
From there, he uses the drum-heavy ‘The Age (Fish)’ to touch on events happening simultaneously:
“In the same week Paris Hilton got locked up/this 16-year-old behind my building got shot up/in the same week Lindsay Lohan was drivin’/coked up and drunk, kids overseas were dyin’/electric chairs in TX, they were still fryin’/George Bush on TV, he was still lyin.’”
Khrysis provides L.E.G.A.C.Y with a massive organ loop on ‘Bang!!!’ in order for him to address the doubters with lines like, “They thought I was dead until they saw me in that Source/page 7-8 Jim Jones on the cover/I’m back at ya face/get low mothaf*cka.”
‘TKO’ features Chaundon, Phonte, and Sean Price with all four MC’s clearly getting their point across over Khrysis’ patented sound:
L.E.G.A.C.Y: “I’m back to the grit, kind of like breakfast/back on some sh*t, you kind of like smelled it/ sand in your city, and this is all real/askin’ b*tches if they missed me like
Phonte: “Traveling all around the world singing to Madam Moselle’s/but I knew if y’all see “featuring Phonte” on this record/and I only did a hook, y’all be mad as hell.”
Chaundon: “Swear these rap n*ggas like Norm Bates/dressin’ like women/back then they’d be gay/but today they’d make a killin.’”
Sean Price: “One part Henny/one part Hypno/a slice of Kimbo/and a pinch of Apocalypto/animal bars/n*ggas is granola raps/with your nut-hugger jeans/duke I’m rough rugged bean.”
L.E.G.A.C.Y continues his suicidal tendencies on the 11-track album with more subject matter worth a rewind in ‘The Greatest,’ ‘Fly So High,’ and ‘Policia.’
Suicide Music is another example of how old fundamentals still work, of having one producer with one consistent sound throughout a project—versus a ton of different sounds that might not fit the artist, and sound more forced than natural.
It might have taken L.E.G.A.C.Y four years to return to the forefront, but on his latest album you wouldn’t know it, because he shows no signs of studio rust, as he does a solid job representing himself, and his squad down in NC…