Delayed a huge amount, especially for an independent release, the deal between their Eastern Conference label and Rawkus Records has meant High & Mighty fans have had to wait until now to get their hands on the full LP. You may have seen reviews of the original version late last year in some bigger hip hop publications, but it wasn't released and they have since redone the majority of it for this almost a year-late release.
Luckily, the duo of Mighty Mi and Mr Eon have delivered a nice full-length. Production from Mighty Mi is at a consistently high level, with the electric guitars of 'Dirty Decibels' and the beats on the laid-back 'Hands on Experience (pt II)' being amongst my faves. The album's beats are probably the best part of this album, with every track sounding different but not out of place. Unfortunately, when you look past the production, the High & Mighty start to look quite a bit worse.
That's not to say that Mr Eon, the MC of group, is wack. He drops some nice similes, and has a fairly entertaining voice, even though it does get tiresome. The real problem is that he is so average, and has very little to put him above other MCs. His lyrics are also range from nice to unremarkable, but you really don't want to listen to a whole album's worth of Eon. After the first few tracks from him, you'll want a break from his dull, monotonous rhyming.
Thankfully, the two Philadelphites have got an all-star line-up of underground emcees to drop verses over Mi's dope beats. From Cali's Evidence and Defari on the nice 'Top Prospects' to Mad Skillz on 'Shaquan and Eon' (and the previously released 'B-Boy Document 99'), the mediocrity of Eon is highlighted by the quality of the guests. My only complaint about the featured personnel is that their new label mate Pharoahe Monch only turns up for the hook on 'Dirty Decibels,' where a verse from him would be greatly appreciated. Not to mention that 'Home Field Advantage' is probably the only LP to feature both Eminem and Cage guesting on some dope joints.
Ultimately though, the fact that Mr Eon isn't a great rhymer keeps 'Home Field Advantage' from being a great debut from this duo. While at points he goes above his dull standard, most of the tracks feature him unenthusiastically ruining them by being so dull. That said, with a bit more effort from the MC and more great beats from Mighty Mi, the High & Mighty may well release some great records in the future.