Finally, the first solo album from one of the best and slept
on rappers of the last two decades, though you may never have
known it. Lex fulfills the mission statement they sent out with
their label, to offer some of the best underground talent, i.e.
rappers and producers. This is their strongest release to date.
The Prince of Poetry was once half of the sublimely talented duo
Organized Konfusion (the other half being Pharaoh Monch). This
debut, The Slickness is an accessible, grounded, mature,
fun, tight, and unmistakably good collection of lyrical skills
and production flaunting. Executive produced by man of the moment
Danger Mouse, behind the boards you'll also find an intelligent
and thoughtful selection of top producers: Madlib, DM, Richard
X, J-Zone, Jel, as well as P. Po himself. Po handles himself with
ease, sliding and riding across the rhythm like second nature.
With the exceptions of MF Doom, Raekwon, Jemini, J-Zone, and the
occasional member of his Nasty Habits crew, there's no need for
a ton of guests. Equally balanced between freaky tech-beats, soul
cut-ups, old school circa '95 jazzy vibes, with tales of strip
clubs, home life, crooked cops, late nights, street-talk, and
good ol' quality rhymes, what more could you ask for? Recommended.