'American Me EP'
Old-school MCs really give the lie to modern hip-hop, and CL Smooth is no exception. His rhymes are tight, and he knows it, but this knowledge is based on tried and tested skill, not arrogance. The Outfit is fantastic, with CL proving how much better he is than the current crop of fashion MCs. The Proof has CL reflecting on his time in the game with great insight. Unfortunately When Its Warm Outside and Tear Up The City are dismal crossover attempts at RnB and rock/rap. This EP is worth purchase as a curiosity for older headz who remember the Pete Rock days. CL still has the skills to hit the big time with his more reflective material. [Omar Kudos]
Out late March.