If you’re at all like myself, you’ve barely found enough time in the day to bump the shit out of Take Me To Your Leader , and yet here come the dudes from ¡MAYDAY! with 7 more tracks of fist-biting beats and damn-near-psychoactive lyrics! The EP’s opener “Darker Shades” is a perfect showcase of ¡MAYDAY!’s song crafting abilities. A calm, yet haunting guitar-driven instrumental layered with soul-vibrating harmonies and bar upon bar of the aforementioned lyrical mastery. “Strange March” puts a Strangeland spin on the TMTYL banger “Death March”, and gives listeners an ear-crushing taste of what’s to come with the Snake and Bat camp, while tracks like “Letter To The Lost” and “The Ride” (featuring the incomparable Del The Funky Homosapien) remind us that innovation is no excuse to forget the old school vibes that brought Hip Hop to the forefront in the first place.
While “The Hangover” ends the EP on a slightly somber note, it’s still damn near impossible not to be left electrified by the skill and confidence displayed time and time again on Thrift Store Halos. The instrumentals are tight, the lyrics are consistently dope and introspective without becoming self-indulgent, and Wrekonize’s double time flow is as pleasing to the ear as ever. It’s no secret that not all of the songs on this project are brand new, in fact most of these tracks are those that didn’t make the cut for Take Me To Your Leader. As far as I’m concerned however, this fact inarguably proves that TMTYL could have easily been 26 tracks long and STILL debatably the best Hip Hop album of 2012. With the release of this project, it seems as though the Miami six piece has found a way to fondle the thin line between prolificacy and saturation, offering listeners a constant barrage of unrelentingly high quality music while at the same time managing to quickly grow into a well-oiled dope music machine.
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