For those who haven't heard of 40th Dimension, they're a duo consisting of Happ G (emcee/producer) and Scandal (the main emcee). They've released a couple of 12"s and an EP, but 'The Crop Report' is the first I've heard of them, and their debut album.
The beats on this album are consistently cool. They aren't outstanding, but create well formed vibes leaving you relaxed and intrigued to listen further. The mixing seems to allow the vocals to run considerably more clearly over the beats. The volume is obviously a little higher. This isn't a bad feature, but the lyrics here aren't always exceptional, and so it can be somewhat unnecessary.
The album kicks off with 'Lets Get It On' a track, which has a sinister feel to it, leading me to believe that this would be the general feel that the album featured. However the content varies a lot more than I expected. As the first half of the album continued, I found myself let down from the expectations the first track had built up for me. 'We Do It Like This,''Disswon' and 'Too Many Movies' (a track which features rhymes consisting mainly of movie titles. Well constructed and handled properly, but the rhymes, though intelligent, don't entertain as well as they could do) didn't do much for me.
However, as the album progressed, I began to enjoy the tracks more. The hooks continue on well, especially the simple yet effective one on 'I Don't Care.'
'Till I Die' with Greedy Gretch is a well-created track which reminded me very much of The Outlawz. Definitely well done. 'What It Is' is another well-done track on a cool vibe. The track talks about life and rhyme content...as in how people actually live, not what they brag about. And 'Scandalous' is a great tale that you should try and check.
Ironically enough, the title track 'The Crop Report' was my favourite cut here. The hook features a talented singer by the name of Catface. Slick lyricism, and a nice beat, plus the perfect Eddie Murphy sample can't help but create quality.
All in all, 'The Crop Report' is a good album. It's not exceptional but it definitely features some nice cuts. Worth sampling.