Mainflow- Hiphopulation

October 31st, 2004

Having not known of Main Flow until being sent the promo for this album ‘Hiphopulation’ I quickly thought the man was a producer, as a glimpse of the track listings showed a guest appearance on almost every song. Even David Blaine the magician shows up, alongside names such as Talib Kweli, Killah Priest, Planet Asia and the UK’s own Mystro.
The production throughout this album is by a lot of names I’m unfamiliar with such as Da Riffs, DJ Vin-Roc, Reason, Nace and others but it’s all solid, good quality stuff, sounding to me like polished and well developed New York underground.

Highlights were, in my bias opinion, the Mystro verses over the strings based beat of ‘Mister Know It All’ as well as ‘HipHop Worth Dying For’ featuring Talib Kweli who drops a venomous verse in his typically great flow. ‘Classic’ with Black Thought of The Roots is a very head nodding affair and ‘Worldwide’ featuring Defari stays true to its name, containing accordion sounds that take me back to family holidays to Blackpool.

This sixteen track album plus two bonus tunes and some live footage on the enhanced CD is consistent and enjoyable, with few dips in quality. It’s out on Brick Records now.