'N.W.W.O' - 'Waterworld Too' is the first assorted offering from Subterraneous, showcasing the artists and producers, which their label holds. 'Waterworld Too' is obviously somewhat of a follow up to Binary Star's 'Waterworld,' which received very heavy praise, and though on a slightly different vibe, is a quality release.
Subterraneous Records holds beneath its belt the likes of Decompoze, Illite, Kodac, Magestik Legend, Malaki, DJ Phrikshun, The Trackezoids (who produce the entire album) and the most well known artist on the label, One Man Army. The album showcases material from all these artists as well as the featuring of a few guests here and there.
From the beginning of the album, and throughout, we're provided with quality production. 'Mag(Nificent)7,' 'River Runs Wild' 'Player Haters,' 'Life In The Fast Lane' and 'Waterworld Wide' being the best examples of this. The track concepts and thus lyricism are best showcased upon 'The Saga Continues,' 'Monsters' (a tale about "real" monsters) and 'Double Essays (S.S.A.).'
'Double Essays (S.S.A.)' by One Man Army features rhymes using S.S.A. as the beginning of his rhyme structure order, for example "Still slamming anybody / stone Steve Austin" - he continues with things of that nature for half of the song, then completes it with an interlude shunning commercialism and explaining why the label is entitled 'Subterraneous.'
The thing with this release is that though the lyricism isn't mind-blowingly deep. It is well thought out and composed, plus, on occasion, the emcees' flow enthusiasm doesn't hold your attention as well as you'd hope.
There were few tracks which I truly wasn't drawn to due to their beats. 'Millipede' would be one of them. One Man Army, Decompoze and Majestik cover the emceeing aspect of the track quite reasonably, but the extremely disorganized beat (though that was obviously the intended feel) and the overdone hook didn't attract me to the content. 'Splash' is another example of production which I didn't favour. However, these occurrences of below top-notch production are minimal on this release.
In essence, 'Waterworld Too' is a well-assembled compilation showcasing Subterraneous' talent. Definitely worth checking out.