Beat Assailant - Hard Twelve: The Ante      
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With an electric combination of Hip Hop and jazz, Beat Assailant's newest 12-inch release, "Hard Twelve: The Ante", is a record that is sure to open some eyes. The 26-year-old emcee/producer credits his vast musical styles to his times spent in Paris, in which he realized his full potential for making great music. Now residing in Atlanta, Beat Assailant is looking to stake a claim in America's Hip Hop scene with his debut album "Hard Twelve". The album features star-studded guest appearances from J-Zone, Tash, Phil Da Agony & Danger Mouse. "The Ante" acts as an appetizer for what is to come, and features two full-length songs and five album snippets.

The title track "Hard Twelve: The Ante" defines Beat Assailant's vibe perfectly. Along with producer Zash, Beat Assailant cooks up a funky production effort that combines a hardcore Hip Hop edge with a smooth jazz feel. The songs hook is especially infectious, as BA laces the track with a nice arrangement of horns, which come blaring through your speakers like the sun brushing away the clouds. The second song on the 12-inch is the smoky sounds of "Chronic Break" featuring Tash of Tha Liks. The captivating and smooth track provides the perfect environment for BA & Tash to work off of, not to mention the beat is ideal for all those smokers out there as well. With a funky drumbeat and enchanting bassline, "Chronic Break" is a song you can just sit back and zone out to.

With "The Ante" 12-inch, Beat Assailant certainly proves he is a talented individual with an ear for great production. However, lyrically is where Beat Assailant needs to see some improvements. While solid overall, BA's simple wordplay and average lyrics do tend to get overshadowed by his superior production. Nevertheless, "The Ante" is a nice pickup that all Hip Hop heads should look into.

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