Cormega The Realness II

It’s finally here – the long awaited follow up to the 2001 classic ‘The Realness‘, Cormega has taken his time to ensure he delivers a project worthy of such an iconic title, with the sequel ‘The Realness II‘. It’s a bold move to try and recreate, or so closely link a new project with a retro classic, but Mega has never been one to shy away from pushing the boundaries with his bars or his solo projects.

A street legend that raps elite level” are the first words you hear when you press play on this new joint – so yeah, you could say he’s coming for throats. Some projects fail to resonate the same way when aligned so clearly with past projects (Joey Badass ‘2000’ and A.Z ‘Doe or Die II’ are two that didn’t quite get back to that initial genius) but Cormega bucks that trend and brings incredible bars and old school beats to feed the hip hop masses.

Once And For All‘ kicks things off with a menacing beat that gets the head nodding, and Mega sets the bar high just straight spitting fire from the jump. ‘Her Name‘ has that traditional, dusty, boom bap sound that knocks with some delightful piano keys and strings over the top while Cormega spits street poetry and then he teams up with the legendary Nas for ‘Glorious‘ where the two emcees showcase platinum-level, top-tier lyricism over a smooth, almost ethereal soundscape that adds to their concrete narratives.

Cormega gets introspective on ‘The Saga Resumes‘ as he follows on from the original ‘The Saga’ from the first Realness album, speaking on his growth as a person through lines such as “I’m in a better place, everything toxic removed, from the air of confidence I exude“… The beat is robust and smooth on ‘What’s Understood‘ which Cormega uses as the vehicle for his discussion around inherent knowledge and expectations before the delicately produced, piano-laced joint ‘Life And Rhymes‘ marries Mega and Large Professor together for messages of inspiration and knowledge.

It gets a little grimier on ‘Grand Scheme‘ courtesy of the husky flow of Lloyd Banks, who pairs with Cormega to speak holistically on the bigger picture of life and death. This joint has a sick instrumental and slick lyrical content that sticks to the ribs. ‘White Roses‘ is more of a street corner soundtrack where Mega once again excels, this time infusing Notorious B.I.G / Wu Tang Clan references throughout his bars, viewing his life in retrospect and then ‘Essential‘ gets the headphones knocking with Havoc on the beat and Mega digging deep into the mental to question motives, views and life-goals.

This Life Of Ours‘ features haunting vocals which add importance to the jewels Mega drops regarding strength, weakness, respect and honour before he goes acapella / spoken word on ‘Age Of Wisdom‘ where you are blown away by the bars and life lessons. Havoc is back sharing the mic this time on ‘Paradise‘ as the two emcees speak truths and take aim at the fake over a soulful number before the album closes with ‘Man Vs Myth‘, a Harry Fraud produced joint that allows Mega to air it out over some nonchanlant soundscapes, ensuring the impact of the bars isn’t ignored.

Bangers: Glorious, Once And For All, Grand Scheme, The Saga Resumes, Paradise.

Score: 9.5 / 10. Mega has always been that guy and to be so bold as to come at one of his own classic albums like this, is ‘testament’ to the emcees mentality. The project is well crafted and curated which is as important as the production and ability to still spit the vernacular at an insanely high level. Cormega paints verbal pictures like few others, but balances his incredibly poignant pen with an authentic and timeless flow. This is a must-listen and is certainly going to stand up against the original – now and in the future.

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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!