By Alex P80 Parks
Stretching like the Ottoman Empire over North America, touching fans across the globe, Big Turks links up Niagara Falls’ Jamal Gasol, Brooklyn’s Rome Streetz and Canadian striker, Lord Juco on this concept tape.
Collab albums happen often in today’s musical landscape but posse cuts aren’t what they used to be. That’s not the case here as Lord Juco, Jamal Gasol and Rome Streetz get together to form Big Turks, where they all shine together on each track. Loosely adhering to a concept based on Turkish martial arts film, The Sword And The Claw, Big Turks finds the three emcees in top form over a middle/far-east soundscape courtesy of producer Ro Data.
All 3 emcees step up on “Lionman” featuring Wu affiliate Solomon Childs on the hook and Chong Wizard on the cuts. Planet Asia stops by as a top-tier feature on the club banger “Turkish Delight,” which serves as a playful homage to the Wu classic “Ice cream” as they recount the various types of women who dig the Big Turks’ flows and styles. The slow, acoustic guitar laced “The Island of Princes” feat O the Great followed by “Seven” feat Rim act as a break in the otherwise booming album. The piano-driven “Gods” featuring Napoleon Da Legend plays well as all the emcees lay measured bars over haunting chopped vocals and crisp drums. Supreme Cerebral adds his angry flow over the sneaky strings of “Persian Carpet.”
With plenty of quotable lyrics and highly spirited performances from Juco, Rome, and Jamal, one can imagine the fun they had putting down their verses for this project. An enjoyable concept album featuring 3 of the underground’s best rhyme purveyors, Big Turks delivers a taste of Turkish flavors in Hip Hop form.
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