Consequence sure is a lucky guy! From making his debut with the legendary Tribe Called Quest on "Beats, Rhymes And Life", to now rocking with 2004's hottest artist Kanye West, Consequence can never say no one gave him chance to shine in this industry. But even through all the endorsements and guest appearances, Consequence still hasn't managed to stabilize his erratic career. Looking to change all of that and finally live up to the hype set upon him 8 years ago is Consequence's newest mixtape "Take 'Em To The Cleaners".
Relying heavily on Kanye West, Consequence is once again starting to build a small buzz in the industry since his reemergence. "Take 'Em To The Cleaners" builds upon such hype, leaving listeners begging for more full length material. With Kanye & 88 Keys behind the boards for the majority of the mixtape, spectacular production is never at a minimum. Kanye is once again at his best with "So Soulful", a fitting title to a vintage Kanye masterpiece. "Yard 2 Yard" features a more edgy sound, as Consequence and Rhyme Fest go back and forth trading stellar verses. The mixtape favorite "Wack Niggas" makes an appearance as well, only this time around Common & Consequence joint Kweli & Kanye for the lyrical clinic.
While Kanye of course dominates the mixtape, 88 Keys contribution should not be overlooked. The sex tales of "Doctor, Doctor" finds Consequence at his egotistical best, no matter the songs weak hook. The soulful sounds of "Trains" features a nice vocal sample from 88 Keys, as does the Baby Paul produced "Turn Ya Self In". However, the albums finest cut is the pairing of Consequence, Kanye & Little Brother on "I See Now". With 9th behind the boards with his usual beat pattern and soulful samples, each emcee delivers solid performances, especially Consequence and Big Pooh, who go back and forth trading lines, giving the track some nice chemistry.
"Take 'Em To The Cleaners" is definitely one of the better mixtape releases of the year, as Consequence stays away from the usual beat jacking and delivers new full length material. However, there are a few less than impressive moments, such as the sleepy sounds of "You & Your Nigga", which suffers from another case of the wack hooks disease. Surprisingly the Kanye West produced "Take It As A Loss" seems like a throw away beat, as it fails to carry that usual aura of Kanye greatness. The only two freestyles on the album "Niggas Tried To?" & "Super Good Pt. 2" are also skipable tracks that won't have listeners coming back for more after one quick listen.
All in all "Take 'Em To The Cleaners" is a nice showcasing of Consequences talents, as well as proof he hasn't lost a step in this rap game. And even though he maybe riding Kanye a little too much, having many question if he can really make a strong comeback by himself, there is no denying Consequence has paid his dues and is worthy of another shot at stardom.