7L & Esoteric – “A New Dope” review

This is completely different from 7L & Esoteric’s previous efforts. Throughout the duo’s 4th full-length album, they ditch their signature boom bap sound & battle rhymes for an electro sound & insightful rhymes. The opening AND closing tracks Get Dumb and Play Dumb discusses dumb (no pun intended) comments & actions. On Everywhere, Eso discusses religion and “keeping your composure” & the beat on here fits the mood perfectly. On Feel the Velvet (my favorite track on the whole album), Eso discusses what he likes & talks some shit over a beat that I can imagine hearing in outer-space (again, no pun intended). The track A.O.S.O. is a diss to the rappers that only look for fame. Cemetery is a hilariously weird interlude. On the track Girls Gone Wild (Then & Now), we get an accurate description about how women weren’t really slutty back in his day. The track Take Note and the second half of Dunks Are Live, Dunks Are Dead are pretty much the only thing you’ll hear that is similar to their previous efforts, but this is a successful experimental album.
Score: 3.5/5


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