By DJ Jazzy Jeff
Following the successful release of 'The Magnificent' in 2001, DJ Jazzy Jeff returns with the appropriately titled 'The Return Of The Magnificent'. Hang on though. This EP is a vinyl-only taster to the scheduled March album release.
If I wasn't already confused as to why an artist would release various tracks from a forthcoming album, then I'm baffled as to why the label would place 2 almost replica cuts (which don't feature on the vinyl release) of opening song 'Jeff N Fess' on the promo. Although I guess this is pretty irrelevant to all you potential buyers out there, am I supposed to be pleased? Honoured to be in receipt of such exclusivity? If anything I was downright bored before I'd barely made it past track 1.
Despite a few nice touches here and there, DJ Jazzy Jeff's deep, smooth & soulful r&b/hip-hop cuts lack cutting edge. And in a genre that relies heavily on tasty drum patterns, this is a blatantly tedious effort, at times it just seems like a case of lazy programming.
In a twelve month period in which has seen some excellent hip-hop records I wouldn't expect too much from this forthcoming March release, 'Magnificent' being the last word I would apply here. This is definitely a case of 'too much filler, not enough killer' and this is just the taster.