Without a doubt one of the hardest working emcees out there, Ruste Juxx has blasted his way into 2020 with his latest album ‘Sulfuric Acid’. With 3 notable projects of late (12 in the Clip, Magma and Culturally Rich) not to mention a classic release in 2018 with ‘King of Crime Heights’ we are now blessed with a 16 track album that just bangs from start to finish. As Juxx raps on ‘God in the Flesh’… “full speed ahead you ain’t even in my rear view / put an album out and drop another out the clear blue”.
Juxx drops this one on his birthday, but it’s hip hop listeners who are the ones getting the gift with an early contender for Album of the Year. You’d think with the amount of content being delivered by the Brooklyn born, Sean P raised rapper that there would be some watering down of content – but the answer is a resounding f#%k no.
Let’s talk music. Hard hitting production (big ups to Zealot of F.W.M), boom bap style drums, quality features that add to the album but few enough to not take away from the ferocious spitting and tale telling of Juxx himself…. every track on this album is worthy of your undivided attention. Gritty & emphatic, this is raw and authentic Rus and something P himself would be all about.
Juxx has always been a ferocious rapper, and this album is no exception. His hunger hasn’t wavered and his delivery is a flawless as ever. A number of tracks including ‘Hot Slugs, Cold Blade’, ‘Bang Ya Head’ and ‘So Sincere’ also have a distinct social commentary element to them, while still keeping it street level. ‘Wig Shot’ with Conway the Machine checks in at just under 2 minutes, but is a seamless blend between Brooklyn and the iconic Buffalo sound that Griselda are renowned for. ‘Kings link with Kings’ pairs Juxx with Bumpy Knuckles and Termanology and dopeness is the result as it’s one of the best tracks on the album.
The terms ‘banger’ and ‘classic’ get thrown around a bit these days, but this album is absolutely warranting of such description. Used in the making of explosives, Ruste Juxx certainly picked the right title when he named ‘Sulfuric Acid’.
Bangers: Kings link with Kings, Sulfuric Acid, 24/7, God in the Flesh
Score: 9.5 / 10 and an early contender for album of the year. Only thing stopping this from receiving a perfect score is that some of the tracks may sound slightly similar and repetitive and it’s only 42 mins! – but I’m being VERY picky. It’s fu@king FLAMES.