By P80 Parks
Haverstraw NY’s Pro Dillinger returns with another focused EP. Just 2 months after releasing MegaFoul, the umbrella skummie returns with Playoff Rondo. With a tireless work ethic, Dillinger stays sharp, constantly recording and fine tuning his work. It’s that same focus that he pushes his sound further with on Playoff Rondo. The EP is fully produced by Ry Beats and employs a bit more of the subtleties and sophistication. But don’t get it twisted, this ain’t soft shit. Alongside his commanding vocals he’s using varied soundscapes with selectively lush production that thumps across 5 tracks.
Pro Dillinger: “On all my projects, I try to give people a little bit of the drumless and some of the boom-bap also. That’s the goal, cuz I like both. I like loops n shit and I like beats, with drums and shit too.”
Opening up with the drumless “Defense,” Dillinger comes out the gates as hungry as ever, clearly focused. “Technical Foul” rumbles through the night with plenty of bass and a sinister piano loop. Pro gets clever with the hook:
“My lil homie shoot it when I say so, clap a n***a, have em leavin wit a halo. They don’t need no permission; Them young n***as that blast for me (blasphemy), wit no religion.”
“Starting Line Up” featuring Allah Preme is Pro aiming high, setting his sights beyond the life he’s led to this point, with Preme laying a verse and the hook for the team. Pro pushes thru the streets on “Movin weight” as he spits grimy over punchy drums and a sinister loop, bringing the scumminess in full effect. “Teamwork” featuring MAV is a gem, an elegant arrangement with plenty of boom and tempo for both emcees to unload their jewels.
PD: “With this project I felt like the content was different; a little deeper, a little smoother, but still foul.”
And, just ike Rondo, Dillinger comes through in the clutch delivering mean bars over dope production. Playoff Rondo shows that Pro continues to deliver some of the hardest music in the game.
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