'Jabs and Cuts' is a compilation which, though most brag to have, features somewhat of a theme, at least amongst its interludes. The theme which reigns through is basically that it's hard in the music industry, especially from an independent perspective. And, that distribution companies will try to screw you over whenever possible. The way they express this is pretty amusing I'm pleased to state.
From the opening track, handled by Lexicon, DJ Tommee begins his scratching expedition (this can be noticed throughout the compilation). We're also introduced to the first of a selection of quality tracks showcased here. Soon after our apetites are filled with further examples of quality through Oktober's 'Oktoberfest.' A track featuring a beat perfect for creating atmosphere which includes a very familiar sample to all.
DFX champion Breez Evahflowin is the most well known personality featured here, but as with any educated Hip Hop fans, you'll know that that doesn't mean that gems can't be found by those lesser known. Moist Crackers (whom I'd never heard of) perform excellently on their track 'In My Arms.' iCON the Mic King and Manifest work wonders with 'Madness' and Writers Guild showcase themselves nicely on 'Disputes.'
There were only two tracks I wasn't really feeling as much as the others. 'The World Won't Change' I wasn't feeling because of P-Pullz' voice and its hook. The beat was good, but spoiled due to the other aspects. That and Moist Crackers' 'MCracks_session_12zero' was way too over simplified both in production and rhyming. I know that was the intention, but it didn't manage to attract me.
Thankfully, I can't say that there are many below average tracks. The production here, handled by JL & Johnny Cock is nicely consistent. And, the emcees featured perform excellently. Definitely a cool compilation.