Album : Nottz – You Need This Music
Producer / rapper Nottz has been in the game for quite a while now, he has been flying under the radar even though he worked with numerous respected artist such as J Dilla, Busta Rhymes, Kanye West, Ghostface, Snoop Dogg, Little Brother, Diamond D, Pete Rock and much, much more.
After years of producing for respected rappers he decided to try to do this rap thing, which might have made a couple of people skeptic after all there are so many producers turned rappers and how many can really rock the mic? So the million dollar question is can / should Nottz rap or should he retire the mic? Which I really wish Swizz Beatz would do.
Well it’s safe to say that Nottz isn’t on the same league as Elzhi, Nas or Joell Ortiz, and don’t expect a multi layered rhyme pattern or a flow that makes One Be Lo put to shame. But to be fair he isn’t that bad as a rapper either, he can clearly can hold his own and most importantly when he spits it doesn’t sounds fake or lame. He can switch flows, he has some nice punch lines and has some good storytelling skills. So no he should definitely not retire as an emcee, he could even get better over time.
The album is heavily featured with some impressive guest appearances of artists like : Royce da 5’9, Little Brother, Joell Ortiz, Mayer Hawthorne, Dwele, Bilal, Black Milk and Asher Roth (who he later in year made a collaboration EP titled Rawth which was released free on the Internet).
What he lacks in the rhyme department (not even that much), he makes it more than up with his beats, with those soulful samples, heavy bass lines, sick ass drums makes it definitely easy to understand why 9th Wonder and Dr. Dre have so much respect for him.
All in all it’s a good album that is totally worth checking out!
You Need This Music is available on Amazon, iTunes and your probably local music store.
You can stream and download the free Rawth EP here