Syqnys
CandyCap Rap
KA Productions
Street: 09.10
Syqnys = Immortal Techinque + From First to Last + Eminem
CandyCap Rap features some of the most immature rhymes I have ever heard. Some things should just not be done, like having a song about loving candy (“Candy Rap”) on the same album as a song about shooting the pope (“Blasphemy”). I don’t mean to offend, but a song about mentally handicapped people just shows you don’t have much to say. Pair this with cookie-cutter beats, and it’s clear that this album belongs back on Myspace four years ago. Nothing about using a catch phrase from Borat as your chorus is right. “Sexy Time,” which is both the title of the song and the chorus, is total over kill and should have never been done. Between the pointless raps and the weak beats is album artwork of starving African Children that is trying way to hard to shock people. No one is arguing with Syqnys––this is an album that “should have never been made.”

Mark Dago
SelfHighFive
Earth Burn Records
Street: 10.05
Mark Dago = Salvador Santana + Jack Splash + Vinnie Paz
Plain and simple, this is one of the better local CDs I have been lucky enough to come across. SelfHighFive is a testament to the talent in the area—the production is tight, the beats hit your ears crisp and clear, and the dude’s lyrics are sharp. The intro song “Up High” starts you up nicely, but it isn’t until “Every Today” with Ebay Jamil that you get to putting one in the air. My one and truly only concern with this album is that the sound sometimes doesn’t fit the beat. Your voice is hard, homie—you sound so angry. On the topic of voices, “Alright” with Lauren Hoyt and Bad Brad Wheeler is a wu-banger of a track. Lauren Hoyt sounds like an angel. There is a lot more to this album, so I suggest you go out and buy it. That’s good business.