The Scale Breakers – Leftovers [Mixtape/Review]
Vancouver Island, B.C. – The Scale Breakers serve up their latest plate of hip-hop in the form of the free download Leftovers, and the confidence they have gained by playing with such luminaries as Choclair and Maestro is clearly present in the rhymes and deliveries of emcees Subway and Guy Woods.
Their collective swagger is considerably elevated by bumping production, as each chapter of this mixtape is head-noddingly delicious, at times evoking the same jazzy yet aggressive tone of an M.O.P. banger – such as on “R.O.T.Y”. While the consistency of the production is a driving force in this album, the emcees bring a lyrical consistency that wanders dangerously close to redundancy. Leftovers finds the Scale Breakers relying too often on bragadocious simile play. Just a few jams in and I’m thinking, “Okay, just heard that one…again”.
As it progresses, Leftovers does pick up steam with undeniable bangers like “Get ‘Em” and “They Tell Me”, as well as some nice variations in song structure via stellar production like on “Wake N Bake/ Get High.” There’s also a killer trio of remixes with “Small Town Talent”, “Free Rock” and “Tell Her” featuring Moka Only, not to mention a guest verse from the legendary Ishkan. Yet too many tracks telling me how dope they are and three skits that have no conceptual value (and simply aren’t funny) do not help this potentially great album. It’s too long. Lose four or five brag jams and all of the pointless skits and this grows from a “skip to the goods” listen to a play-through heater.
Written by Natch Crumbly for HipHopCanada
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