If you’re looking for a high quality hip hop album that pushes the envelope sonically and features some filthy, flaming hot bars, then look no further because Sol Messiah has just given us ‘GOD CMPLX’ and it slaps from the jump and entertains in its own unique way. The Atlanta producer and artist has been getting busy for decades, but he’s really taken it to another level on the back of his work on the incredible Sa-Roc ‘The Sharecropper’s Daughter’ album in 2020. When you’ve worked with such a diverse array of artists from Chamillionaire and Nappy Roots to Common, Jay Electronica and Sa-Roc, it’s no wonder you bring a fresh, innovative and creative vibe to your own projects, and GOD CMPLX is exactly that.
Sol Messiah provides an audio tapestry that weaves in and out of different pockets of hip hop. At times we have the more traditional boom bap and bars style of tracks like ‘Roc Steady’, ‘Rhymeslayers’ or the title track ‘GOD CMPLX’. These are moments that get the head nodding and the lyrical fury is felt through the headphones from the mic slayers enlisted to surgically slaughter the microphone. You can add ‘Grand’, ‘Sol Supreme’ and ‘The Light’ to that mix as well, because as soon as the beat gets bumping, emcees get to dumping some serious verbal weaponry. Other times, we get a more soul or funk infused vibe like ‘Freedom’, ‘The Hard Way’ or ‘Sun-Dey-Skool’ which really hit you in the feels and gets your mind and body moving with the music. We also get moments that are genre-breaking, electro-funk-hip-hop such as ‘Jah City’, ‘Slapping Sands’ or ‘Computer Roc’ which are a vibe completely on their own level but make the album such a versatile and intriguing listen. There are simply no dull spots throughout this project.
And then, let’s talk about the BARS. There are some seriously scorching sixteens on this album and everyone who graces a track, brings their A game. And with the level of emcee on this project, you either bring your best or you’re gonna get shown up. Sa-Roc monsters every bar, line and verse she spits – is just what she does, but it always features thought provoking moments that have you scratching your head or deep thinking, while she toys with language like a puppet. While Sa might be the common denominator on the album, plenty of guests step up to the mic and throw down. KXNG Crooked, Evidence, Locksmith, Stic.Man of Dead Prez, Che Noir, Mickey Factz, Cambatta, Planet Asia and more take to the booth and deliver high quality spit over the Sol Messiah magic with incredible results.
Bangers: GOD CMPLX, Sun-Dey-Skool, Rhymeslayers, The Light, Computer Roc.
Score: 9 / 10. A fantastic musical offering that is varied and diverse. The production from Sol is sharp and on point, but moves the needle so much that every track is a really interesting listen. The emcess that have been chosen for the project do it justice, and it’s great to audibly hear the chemistry between Sa-Roc and Sol Messiah permeate through the speakers on nearly every track, but it’s also a delight to capture some of these incredible verses over beats that they may not normally be recorded over. All in all this is a great hip hop album and has mad replay value due to its bredth of subject and sound.