Hailing from the University of Maryland, Father Scott Unlimited consists of three emcees, Seez Mics, Jesus, Napoleon Da Legend and one producer Scott Koozner, who is the founder of the group. As your typical underground group, Unlimited brings to the table a unique sense of reality and the everyday struggles. It's the simple things in life that captivate most of the topics for "Sweet Potatoes". They portray reality not fiction, something that more groups should do these days. You won't find any pimped out tales of womanizing or street anthems, but better yet tales of what life brings along each day. Simple at times, but something everyone can relate to. Whether it's their experiences growing up with hip hop as seen on "The Bond" or metaphorical love tales like on "Two Months".
While their sound isn't exactly original or captivating, it does build a solid foundation to work on in the future. Lyrically and conceptually is where "Sweet Potatoes" shines the most. Unlimited put forth a good variety of topics throughout the album making the experience rather unique, instead of boring and slow paced. Unlimited is able to show off their creativity and versatility at the same time with tracks such as the title track "Sweet Potatoes", "Over", "The Unlimited" and "Two Months". The title track "Sweet Potatoes" is one of the finer moments on the album as "Sweet Potatoes" acts as a metaphoric state for Hip-Hop and society past and present. Fed up with not only hip hop but society as awhile, each emcee puts forth a good performance on the mic, but its Seez Mics verse which ends up as the standout. "I'm glad I didn't grow up with the XFL or Temptation Island, I been remembering when, selling souls was all in bad taste…the last place I look for hip hop is in a magazine". While lyrically each emcee hold their own, it's Napoleon who stands out as the centerpiece in the group. While his name might not be the most attractive, his charisma and ability on the mic puts him ahead of his running mates.
While great lyricism and fresh concepts are never a problem throughout the album, it's the production side that needs to see the most improvement. Most of the production featured on the album tends to end up rather boring and repetitive over time. Tracks like "Time", "Hometown", "The Bond" and "Water I Trend" all falter due to weak production. While at times we get a glimpse of what Scott Koozner can really do behind the boards, at other times his production continues to fall into the same category, never offering any variety or creativity. While Koozner definitely has talent, his production has to be able to captivate the listener as much as each emcee is able to do. Another big problem throughout "Sweet Potatoes" is most of the tracks accompanying hooks. None of the 11 tracks feature any spectacular hooks, however most are boarder line horrendous.
Overall, "Sweet Potatoes" ended up surprisingly well put together and thought out. Father Scoot had the right idea with the direction of this album and put some variety in their topics and showing off their versatility nicely. However, bad production and less than stellar hooks bring down the overall aspect of the album down. The talent is there, lets just see if Unlimited can refine it and take it to the next level.