Consisting of Cage, Camu Tao, Yak Ballz, Copywrite, Vast Aire, Tame One, Breeze Brewin, El-p & Jakki Da Motamouth, The Weatherman are an elite squad of some of the industry’s finest underground emcees. As you can tell by the lineup, The Weathermen are no ordinary super group, as they posse a unique chemistry and flavor for a group with such a broad range of talent and variety. While their much anticipated full length debut is still on the way, “The Conspiracy Mix Vol. 1” attempts to wet your taste for what’s to come and hopefully build their already huge hype even more.
“The Conspiracy” capitalizes on the industry’s hot trend of the moment, as the mixtape is mostly filled with each member’s own brand of jacking for beats over some of the industries hottest commercial beats. However, here in lies the albums main problem, as this tiresome formula of beat jacking that is played out by every artists these days, runs thin on “The Conspiracy”. If you are tired of the constant jacking for beat sessions popularized by 50 Cent and now taken advantage of by everybody else, than “The Conspiracy” mix will definitely be a disappointment to you. While some attempts are solid, most end up as boring and repetitive. One of the few highlights comes from Copywrite, Yak & Cage’s remake of Nas’s “Made You Look”, now titled “Made You Shit Your Pants”. Copywrite puts out the tracks finest verse with his usual battle antics. “My next album is gonna come with lotion home skillet, you go fuck yourself if you don’t feel it”. Another one of the few times when the jacking for beats sessions end up successful is on Cage & Tame One’s rendition of Baby’s “What Happened To That Boy” (What Happen To Dat Toy) & Brezze Brewin, Tame One & Cage’s remake of Ghostface’s “Fish” (Fried Fish). Other than that, most of the freestyle tracks end up with lukewarm results as seen from Jakki, Copywrite & Tame’s “React Shun” (Erick Sermons React), Jakki & Copywrite’s “Columbus” (50 Cent’s Backdown) and Tame One & Yak Ballz over Trina’s “B R Right” (Where I Wanna Be). One of the more interesting tracks is El-P & Camu Tao’s “Missy Done Justice”; where we witness El-P do his best Missy impersonation, which is scary enough to say the least.
And while most of “The Conspiracy” mixtape is either hit or miss, the actual new studio recordings by the group end up as the sole highlight of the album. The RJD2 remix of “5 Left In The Clip” by The Weathermen, which was featured on The E.C. All-stars 3, is a nice addition to the album as RJ’s production never fails to come through. The exclusive tracks of “Chris Lighty” by Vast Aire & Camu Tao along with “Come To Daddy” by Cage & Camu are also standout tracks.
Most remember one of the standout tracks on Tame One’s “When Rappers Attack” entitled “Slick Talkin”, produced by none other than J-Zone. Well now the track has a new feel as Breeze Brewin makes an appearance, giving the track a nice vibe, as it’s hard for anyone not to sound phenomenal over a J-Zone produced track. On the battle vibe, Copywrite does his usual thing on “10 Times”, which is either love or hate by many. With Copy you expect battle rhymes, no more or less, and “10 Times” is no different. With good production, Copy does a solid job on the mic, even though his verses do tend to get boring after awhile due to their repetitive nature. Probably the biggest surprise on the album is “Volume” by Yak Ballz. While Yak has always been an underrated or overrated emcee, depending on whom you ask, “Volume” is one of the highlights of “The Conspiracy” as Yak rips the outstanding production.
Overall, “The Conspiracy” mix features a variety of new material that will do more than please every listener. However, it seems as if The Weatherman were more concerned with using some of the industries more popular beats to rock over and unfortunately the end results bring down “The Conspiracy” greatly. With every rapper these days spitting freestyles over “Made You Look”, “Backdown” and “What Happened To That Boy”, there was no real need for The Weatherman to follow the trend. If they would have went with more original beats such as Ghostface’s “Fish”, which was a highlight, the album would have turned out better. But the cause for concern is only minimal, as we all know their full-length debut is going to be something special. With such a great lineup of emcees on board, success is almost promised to The Weatherman in the future. The only question is how long will we have to wait for their debut to finally drop?