The definition of Hip-Hop seems to vary from person to person. That is, if they haven’t heard Mega Philosophy by veteran emcee, Cormega. Mega Philosophy is an album entirely produced by Large Professor, and has the innate ability to make listeners forget everything they thought they knew about the genre. This project was released on July 22nd, of this year, and is panning out to be an underground instant classic.
Some rappers may have a nice, smooth flow but simple and cliche’ lyrics. Other times, rappers may have some insane and thought provoking rhymes, only to be paired with poor delivery and flow. Cormega falls into neither of these categories. The man is a five-tool player (baseball terminology) and has every quality people would want their favorite artist to have. Not only is Mega a great hybrid of both delivery and lyrics, but he also is a great storyteller. Sure any rhymer can say that the game isn’t what it used to be, but few can tell you a story of how it’s changed. There are truly no flaws to Mega’s arsenal, and there is just something about him that will really keep the listeners entertained. He does, however, incorporate a dose of consistency into his craft. That’s not to say that this is a flaw, just that Cormega has a formula that works, and he sticks to it
Mega Philosophy has no bad tracks whatsoever. This isn’t to say that there are no tracks that won’t affect listeners as much as others, just that the album is packed with quality songs only. One stand out track is the lead single for the album “Industry” and in this song Cormega is letting everyone know what the industry is really all about, all while a smooth, head-nod-inducing beat keeps the rhythm.
If anyone is looking for an emcee to put their talents on full display, then look no further than the track “Reflection.” This is simply forty-one seconds of lyrical bombs being dropped in the form of an a cappella spoken word poem that will boggle the mind of all who hit play.
Is it evident that Cormega is one hell of an emcee? Hopefully the point is anything but moot. To touch on the production of the album, Large Professor really had a great showing on Mega Philosophy. He did produce every track on the album, and boy did he produce them well! His style is boom-bap that takes influences from R&B, Soul, and Blues. While the production is extremely solid, it just didn’t seem to do as much as it could have in terms of keeping the listener on the edge of their seats. That may be in large part to the fact that a Cormega album is usually created with the lyrics first mentality. No matter, the beats are still some of the smoothest around, and that is something to brag about
Cormega is the do-it-all emcee, and Large Professor knows his way around a beat machine the way Jameis Winston knows his way around the seafood section of a grocery store (get it?). There isn’t much wrong with this album at all, and in fact, listeners will surely find one or two songs from the album to keep on repeat. Hopefully for all who listen to this project in it’s entirety, they can walk away feeling a little bit better knowing just what hip-hop really is.Vinny Sciascia is from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the creator of the Under-Cover Album Review Blog and has a vast knowledge on most unimportant things. From Billy Joel to OutKast, Vinny simply loves quality music. Connect with him via Twitter at