First things first, when an O.G. talks, you listen. Now that being said, guess who’s bizzack? EDO G If you’re completely dumbfounded right now, this album’s probably not for you. If you recognize the name… well then, congratulations. You made it! Hip Hop made it. And EDO’s here to tell you about it.

EdO G / Ed O.G. is a rap veteran who’ll be the first to tell you he’s "got an out-dated resume." And that’s his allure. For the most part, EDO charms the listener with his sincere wordplay instead of catchy club bangers and R&B hooks. While I’m sure he wouldn’t mind his music finding its way to radio, Edo clearly isn’t making Hip Pop. And it’s not like he’s got some slouch behind the boards either. He’s got your favourite producer’s favourite producer, the legendary Pete Rock.

If you’ve never heard EDO flow before, he sounds a lot like Ras Kass; with less punchlines and metaphors. While it seems every early ‘90s rapper is back in the game trying to make G-Unit money, EDO is doing it on his own terms. At some points, he does it so well, the listener is left in a time warp. Throwing out some not-so-pop-culture references to the likes of Depeche Mode, Sam Kennison, Alex Haley and Bob MacAdoo, he still spits fire. Don’t get it twisted, EDO ain’t no has-been. Don’t believe me? Peep these lines from "Boston", the first track on the album, "I know you wack. Don’t put out records to remind me / I’m a throwback from the ‘90s, whose return is timely / For Hip Hop consciousness that’s grimey." EDO proceeds to tell us his music is "underground and commercial, wholesome and controversial."

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t crazy about reviewing this disc. Too many of our rap heroes from yesteryear are taking a stab at the 21st century rap game and quite honestly, it just ain’t working. Fortunately, EDO isn’t one of them. Probably because he knows his role. He’s not Juelz Santana nor is he Chuck D - he’s EDO G and he’ll give it to you straight, "The weed was brown, now it’s green and purple / I’m telling truths and lies like a Reverend."

But don’t think EDO is a saint himself. On "Just Call My Name", he reminds the listener, "Don’t confuse me with that gangsta or backpack / Everybody pack gatts, play the audience and clap back." And the gunplay doesn’t end there. When he hears "Voices", he responds, "You got questions? I’m the worst one to ask / You got beef? I’m the first one to blast." But like your favourite rapper, EdO’s messages are consistent in their inconsistency because on the very next track ("School’em") Edo says, "I break away from the norm ‘cause it’s too cliché, remain conscious of the kids, and the words we say." He also collaborates nicely with Masta Ace on "Wishing." EDO’s want is pretty simple, "I wish Bush would just get out of office / Before he starts World War 3 and tries to off us / It won’t cost him but it’ll cost us, and right now, believe me - you lost us." Mr. Boston raps up this solid offering with yet another positive (well, sorta) message. EDO’s "Revolution" would be pretty simple, "If you seek you shall find / It’s like the blind leading the blind / Can’t write without alcohol and weed in your rhyme? / Start feeding your mind, before these bullets in your head start bleeding your mind." Ah yes, viva la revolucion!

Beats: ****

Lyrics: ****

Originality: *** (1/2)

Written By: Aadel Haleem