Stumbled across this little banger a couple of weeks ago, but with all the dope music coming out over the past few weeks, it’s taken a bit of time to really dive right in and get a proper review done! But, make no mistake, it’s complete fire and one of the best joints of the year, let alone of the past month or so (and there has been some FLAMES, trust me!).

Let’s start with the title – Il Genio Del Male or ‘The Genuis of Evil‘ … How dope is that!!! Between the crazy cool title and the sick album art, the scene is already set for something special. Then, you check out the tracklisting and the features where you come up on names like Rome Streetz, Ty Farris, Bub Rock, Ras Kass, Termanology, Black Geez, Eto and LOADS of other mic crushers and if your interest isn’t piqued already, then wait until you press play on the mother funker!

This is a wicked album. Slim One brings some real hardcore, hip hop production that sets a perfect canvas for some of these quality emcees to really do their thing and spit darts, paint verbal pictures and just demolish microphones! There are some really haunting tracks, nice dark rhymes and beats and we also get the balance of joints in the second half of the album with some more ‘upbeat’ style songs. It’s such a complete offering.

All in all, as far as ’30 minute albums’ go, this one is really engaging from start to finish, has enough variety to warrant plenty of spins and is a really epic collaboration of tight beats and dope rhymes. A fantastic joint all told.

Bangers: Mass Murdering, Mad Lethal, Streetz of Rome, Vanilla Sky.

Score: 9 / 10. It may not be a classic or masterpiece, but it is a brilliantly crafted release that encapsulates the quality hip hop – dope beats, actual drums, head nodding production and then some really crafty lyricism and storytelling.

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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!