The Undying Flame

One of the best and most consistent hip hop producers C-Lance just dropped his DEBUT album title ‘The Undying Flame’ and it’s one hell of a heat rock! Having produced for some of your favourite emcees over the years, and dropping numerous beat tapes, singles and more, it’s been a long time coming – but this album is certainly worth the wait. The 18-track opus ranges from brutal boom bap to eerie strings and quirky electronic computer game soundtracks, but there is a cohesiveness and consistency that comes when you’ve worked with some of the game’s best emcees over the past decade and change.

The Undying Flame’ is everything you would expect from a C-Lance debut album. There are features from frequent collaborators Vinnie Paz, Merkules, Apathy and Celph Titled, but we also get some killer features from artists who scorch mics and rip beats to smithereens. SmooVth, Hus KingPin, Murs, Blaq Poet, Termanology, Blind Fury and so many more step up to the booth and absolutely deliver at a supremely high level. It’s a star studded guest line-up but a beatsmith the quality of C-Lance would entice nothing less.

Producer albums can often sound like a collection of singles, and although we have been treated to a couple of tracks from the album – ‘Macaulay Culkin’, ‘Avocado Money‘ and ‘The Book of Life’ for example, these tracks are brilliantly interwoven into the albums fabric as the sequencing of ‘The Undying Flame’ is another highlight and testament to the attention to detail C-Lance has when crafting his offerings. Even the interlude from super producer Stoupe keeps the vibe ahead of a strong group of tracks to close out the album.

Rather than doing a ‘track by track’ dissection of the album for review, we suggest you load it up and just press play and then vibe out with it for your first handful of spins, to appreciate the piece of art this album is. Yes, certain tracks will stand out to you and you’ll revisit a few more than others depending on your favourite beats or verses, but this truly is a no-skip offering that should certainly feature in some ‘album of the year’ lists at the end of 2022.

Bangers: Riots By Masked Men, Sons of Godzilla, Leap of Faith, Keep Calm, The Book of Life

Score: 9.5 / 10. A fantastic debut album that delivers everything we want it to. Varied beats that sit in the pocket and suit each emcee enlisted to rip them apart. The structure of the album builds nicely after hitting you in the face from the jump and it has MAD replay value. A must-listen. A lot.

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By Brutus Maximus

Founder of Raw Side Hip Hop. Been rocking with the hip hop culture for over 30 years. Love the creativity, authenticity of the art and the culture as a whole. Shout out to the real ones making and supporting true hip hip and the artists who make it!