As I've said many a time about OUTTHERE, I have great respect for him. Truely showing the most respectable aspects of independent music; designing, creating and promoting his own material; he's dedicated. What I enjoy more so than the fact that he and his affiliates all do their work themselves, is the fact that the material is worth listening to.
OUTTHERE introduces the compilation followed by 'They Want' which features Tree-Natty, a Rastafarian sounding hook provider. He acts as a nice addition. The production laced by OUT's is cleverly created evoking an energetic feel. 'Make It Count' features a well placed Meth/Red sample for its hook. The beat switches up a couple of times, but continues to stand as a well-chosen background for the New Jeruz Resident.
'Outlantis' features a range of gems. With there only being nine tracks, and not one of them near below average - the indication strongly points towards repeat listening options. 'Impeachous' and 'Face It' are brilliant, both feature OUTTHERE showcasing his skills. 'Still In The Game' features a very melancholy vibe, lyrically it's excellent and production wise, simple. But, it's well done and effective.
The tracks feel fairly similar, though well constructed in their own rights. 'Rhetoric' and '3 Way Calling' are the only tracks which really feel different and could be construed as out of place. Although, I personally feel they provide a fresh change of pace. The sinister feeling beats and vibes work nicely, and the emcees alongside OUT all perform pleasingly.
The album also features my favourite track from OUTTHERE's last CD ("What Does He Think He Is Doing?"), 'Travalin.' The beat, mic presence and sample all work wonderfully together.
More proof that the underrated New Jeruz Resident is talent, which is deserving of more recognition. OUTTHERE isn't the most in depth lyricist, but he fits the perfect medium in-between. His mic presence helps thrust him forward and hopefully he'll receive the deserved recognition in the near future.