It's hard to make a better debut to the world than the one Krumbsnatcha accomplished when he put forth one verse that would literally transform his career as he did on the legendary Gangstarr's "Make 'Em Pay" off of the "Moment Of Truth". A relative unknown at the time, this Boston underground emcee overshadowed all other verses on the album including all by Guru and guest appearances by Inspectah Deck, Freddie Foxxx, Big Shug & Scarface. His verse eventually earned him Hip-Hop Quotable of the month in The Source magazine, a first for an underground emcee. However, since then Krumbsnatcha has fallen to the depths of the unknown, releasing a couple of independent albums, none of which caught any attention. However, the Hip Hop community has not forgotten about Krumb, as most are routing for the underdog emcee to finally break through that barrier that has been holding him back all these years. His newest attempt to accomplish such a feat comes in the form of his newest LP "Respect All Fear None". "Respect All Fear None" is similar to Krumb's previous efforts, as it offers a variety of good experiences, but inconsistency unfortunately brings much of it down.
Krumbsnatcha is a born leader on the mic. His presence is overwhelming, as he protrudes his personality and charisma across to the listener. It's very hard not to get engulfed in what Krumb is portraying on the mic. His lyricism, while not top notch, is boarder line superb for a street orientated emcee. However, while other street emcees offer no variety in their lyricism, Krumb can spit on all levels. The streets are what he represents through his music, but he can also give different sides to his personality. Ultimately, this is what get's Krumb in trouble for most of the album. He tries to offer a variety of sounds such as the club anthems of "Oxygen" featuring Boogieman, "Nobody Move" featuring Buckshot & Craig G and "Get Down" featuring Jaysaun, however these sounds is not what Krumb portrays best. They seem blatantly forced and out of place, as no chemistry is found within them, especially in the production area. The only other cause for concern is the continued lack of solid production from Krumbsnatcha. While a variety of top-notch producers show up for a track here and there, relative unknowns such as Curt Cazal, Eric West, and Omen handle a good part of the album. Efforts such as "House Party" and "King Of All Kings" are prime examples along with Da Beatminerz produced "Strike Back (Closer To God Pt. 2)", which fails to capture the aura of the original Premier banger.
It's only when Krumb gets help from the industry's elite that "Respect All Fear None" resembles the type of effort we imagined. Of course Primo and Guru show up for the cause on "Incredible", even though the Primo sounds are of your typical type. Easy Mo Bee's production on "What's Life" is also not of usual caliber, but Krumb's lyricism is quite extraordinary on the track, lifting it from normalcy. Lyrically Krumb's finest effort comes from his vivid imagery of "Prison Life".
As a former inmate himself, Krumb paints a graphic picture of what "Prison Life" is really about. Da Beatminerz produced "Rich Man Poor Man" is another fine example of what Krumb can accomplish on the mic when presented with stellar production. A more insightful look this time, the track is vintage Krumb at his finest. However, the finest of them all comes from none other than the Alchemist produced "Streets Is Calling" featuring Mexicana on the hook. Typical street vibe, only to be thrusted above by Alchemist's golden production. Yet another Alchemist banger, as artists are going crazy to get a hold of this man.
While at times we get a glimpse of what Krumbsnatcha can do, its unfortunate that most of the album is overshadowed by it's other moments. There is no question that Krumbsnatcha is a good emcee, but without solid production behind him it's tough for Krumb to produce a whole album without some slip-ups. Krumbsnatcha is still an emcee to keep your eye on in the future as he has shown that he is capable of doing great things. Maybe with the right opportunity and the right platform Krumb can live up to the hype set upon him when he spit that classic verse on "Make 'Em Pay".