Compilation albums are always tough to pull off, but New York based producer J. Greede does a solid job at gathering some of Boston's best up and coming emcees for "All About The Music Vol. 1".
Talent wise, emcees such as D.One, Evik & Lace Payne make the biggest impressions on the album. D.One's ridiculous doubled timed flow energizes the albums lead track "It's Goin' Down". Lace Payne gives us the albums most insightful song, "Piece Of Mind", a melodic J. Greede produced track that features a beautiful piano loop and a strong hook. On the R&B side of things, "Leave It To Me" is a well-crafted effort by Evik and singer Paris Azelle. For two up and coming artists, Evik and Paris are able to develop an extremely strong song with depth and soul.
J. Greede's production definitely holds the album together like glue. However, certain attempts fail due to lifeless concepts and uninspired emcee efforts. OVM's "Rebels Remix" not only suffers from a sleepy lyrical effort, but also one of the worst hooks every created. "Be That Girl" is an extremely formulaic effort by Mohogany & D.One, which sounds all too misplaced on the album. The song is the only time J. Greede fails behind the boards, as the tracks simplistic keyboard sound is all but unbearable. Finally, "Discharge" is one of Greede's best production efforts, but 14-year-old emcee Freshton Flav fails to deliver a noteworthy performance. For a 14 year old, Freshton certainly shows a lot of promise, but he lacks an identity of his own, as he seems to mess everyone else's styles into one.
Overall, "All About The Music Vol. 1" is a solid but inconsistent compilation album. J. Greede's production definitely holds its own, however, only a couple of the emcees featured on the album really show any promise. Nevertheless, the album still manages to produce some gems that should not be overlooked.