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Ski Beatz, 24 Hour Karate School Presents Twilight

On the heels of his two 24 Hour Karate School compilations, Ski Beatz drops 24 Hour Karate School Presents Twilight, another project brimming with majestic production, dynamic lyricism, and conceptually strong songs. A veritable cornucopia of some of the best young talent in hip-hop, Twilight would be a good starting point for heads not familiar with some of the youth in the game now or those disillusioned by the monochromatic stylings of the few MC that get prominent radio play.

Kicking off with “Do It For The Green,” featuring Dash & Retch, and on overreliance of raps that rhyme the same word over and over again, one could suspect that this album will not reflect the same quality as Ski’s other recent compilations. All concern is immediately rectified when Curren$y grabs the mic on “Fly By.” Riding a bumping beat, guitars, and a variety of background sounds, Spitta shows why he is one of the catchiest young heads in the game. From this point forward, Twilight rarely displays any chinks in its armor.

Song concepts are the name of the game on the album, and “City Lights,” featuring Najee, is the cream of the crop—reminiscent of a 21st century version of Kool G Rap’s “Streets of New York.” Najee’s prominent and commanding voice captivates as he tells tales about the city where he resides. Another thematic standout track finds Murs teaming with compatriot Tabi Boney for “Hip Hop And Love,” with a chorus, “I remember the first time we hooked up, can’t remember the last time we broke up.” Running through different memories of loves throughout their lives, and the different points where hip-hop intertwined with those situation, it’s a worthy homage. Mac Miller, Stalley, and Rugz D. Bewler also have have strong showings on the 11-track offering.

Awkward opening track aside, 24 Hour Karate School Presents Twilight is a solid concoction and will particularly resonate with those fed up with the couple of usual suspects dominating the charts. Ski’s production is varied, moody, ambient and complimentary to each artist that flows over it. Hopefully more gems like this are up his sleeves, as the veteran producer first known for his work during Jay-Z’s early days has breathed new life into his career by again working with hungry upstarts. It sure doesn’t seem like Ski Beatz is entering the Twilight of his production days. —Matt Wright

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  • http://lostinrecords.com/blog izzy

    Smoke DZA so ill as always.

  • Erick

    Spitta? New head? No wonder half these xxl ratings are wack but can’t really complain on this one, could have been worse. Great album.

  • Eman

    I think it said spitta is a young head, not a new head. Completely different meaning, Erick.

    • http://soundcloud.com/ixivaderixi spaceyNYC

      Spitta is not a young or new head tho.

  • Chris

    Glad somebody spoke up for Spitta. With all due respect, That man is an O.G. Mr. Writer. Good piece tho.


  • T

    Regardless… Curren$y is neither a young head nor a new head. Dude’s a 30 y/o rapper that dates back to the no limit soldier days. These XXL writers must be white kids from the burbs, you’d think they’d at least wikipedia about a dude beforehand so they can at least PRETEND like they know what they’re talkin about.

  • FloJoe

    With all due respect, I think everything associated with No Limit is forgettable and best left in the past. LOL

  • Mario D.

    Spitta been in the game for so long. He’s not young or new when you look outside of every mixtape he dropped before the JET Life Compilation. This guy was signed to No Limit before it sucked; and was one of the original members of Young Money. This guy been around.