7L & Esoteric - Speaking Real Words   
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written by Andrew Lunny    
As a prelude to the upcoming 'The Soul Purpose' full length, 7L & Eso seem to have decided to drop a collection of their past tracks on a CD for people who haven't heard of them or only have their shit on vinyl. The combination of one new joint, the 2 tracks from the recent 'Speakin Real Words' single, all 3 tracks from the brilliant 'Def Rhymes' 12" and the famous "Transformers song;" 'Be Alert' makes this into one dope CD.

'Essays on Esoterrorism,' the new track, is different from the rest in that it actual has an instrument on the beat as opposed to the bare beats on most of their work. Lyrically, Eso is predictably "So dope Columbians are puffin me / So dope that when I fly my man has to smuggle me." However this cannot steal the 'best track' accolade from last year's immaculate 'Def Rhymes.' Can you really front on "I'll raise your IQ to mine 'cause I know you're scared of heights / Scared of tearing mics / Rappers like you should be wearing tights."

The only track I don't feel as much is the Inspektah Deck collabo 'Speakin Real Words,' but one average track with 6 excellent ones is a good enough ratio for me. Some of these tracks (particularly 'Be Alert') are fairly old, but getting them on CD is good to have, and they are too great for you to hold their age against them. Definitely worth picking up.









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