Building on crew affiliations that are renowned the world over, A.G. delivers a solo album that delivers on almost all points, except consistency. It is, of course hard to look at any project from an artist with this kind of reputation without comparing it with his previous work. That's why when the single and the b-side for this album came out, I was disappointed. It wasn't that the songs "Frozen" and "Hip-Hop Quotable" with Aloe Blacc weren't quality tracks because they were. It just seemed to me that AG wasn't comfortable on the Madlib track "Frozen" or the Dilla produced "Hip-Hop Quotable." It seems funny to say that a track with Dilla (R.I.P.) track with AG wouldn't be fire, but it isn't. The track seems rushed, and for some reason AG doesn't shine (again, strange to say) on "Frozen".
However on other tracks, AG sounds better then he ever has. The track "Who Dat?" features a brilliant adaptation of the AG & Primo classic "Next Level" adding subtle accompaniments to the beat that is perhaps AG's best known. He seems relaxed, his flow never misses a step. The same can be said about "We Don't Care" produced by fellow D.I.T.C. member Lord Finesse. Showbiz can only be found on one track; the mediocre "The Struggle" which is far from his best.
What was very evident was his effort to honor his slain crew member Big L, I think he is shouted out in pretty much every track, which speaks a lot to his character. AG is really an amazing MC, he was and continues to be one of the most talented MC's in rap today, and while I applaud his attempt to branch out and experiment, the result on some of these tracks just doesn't feel like him. He undeniably shines on several tracks, but as a whole the project was a bit of a letdown.