December 12, 2018
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Twiztid Presents: Year of the Sword

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Twiztid formed Majik Ninja Entertainment with their manager George in 2014.  Since then they have signed some amazing artists.  Names such as Lex the Hex Master, G-Mo Skee, Gorilla Voltage, Young Wicked, Boondox, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, and the newest members LARS aka King Gordy and Bizarre make a dynamic and versatile team.  In December of 2017 they released the Year of the Sword double disc featuring the entire lineup!  Met with mixed rating they allowed all of their artists the chance to shine on the album.  Does 2018 Mark the Year of the Sword or does the album fail to cut the ether of the Underground?

Track listing

  1. Test of Time (Intro)
  2. Heads Will Roll Ft Gorilla Voltage & Jamie Madrox
  3. Turn It Up Ft Jamie Madrox, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Lex the Hex Master, & Bonez Dubb
  4. Fucked Ft The R.O.C., Boondox, and Gorilla Voltage
  5. Level Up! (Skit 1)
  6. Their Fault Ft Jamie Madrox & Young Wicked
  7. Ignite Ft The R.O.C., Mr. Grey, Monoxide, Blaze Ya Dead Homie & King Gordy
  8. Cut Em Up Ft Young Wicked
  9. Lights Out Ft G-Mo Skee & Mr. Grey
  10. Harassment (Skit 2)
  11. Don’t Fuck With Us Ft The R.O.C., Lex the Hex Master & Clockworc
  12. Better Than Ever B4 Ft Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Lex the Hex Master, G-Mo Skee & AMB
  13. Flix N’ Chill Ft Young Wicked, Clockworc & Blaze Ya Dead Homie
  14. Get High Ft Young Wicked, Mr. Grey, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Bonez Dubb & Lars
  15. Galaxy Ft G-Mo Skee, King Gordy & Jamie Madrox
  16. Don’t Tell Me Ft King Gordy & Boondox
  17. Summon the Majik Ninja (Skit 3)
  18. B.N.U. Ft Jamie Madrox, G-Mo Skee, Bonez Dubb, Gorilla Voltage, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Otis, & Lars
  19. Did You Unplug It? (Outro)

 

Track list and ratings

  1. Test of Time (Intro)- A simple intro featuring Twiztid discussing a new arcade game. NA/5
  2. Heads Will Roll Ft Gorilla Voltage & Jamie Madrox- This track starts with a deep pounding beat and ClockworC destroying the verse with his quick savage style.  Mr Grey hit the second verse and slows it down a bit.  A few nice references to pop culture here.  The hook is simple and well put together.  Jamie Madrox hits the final verse and his style is definitely present here.  A solid first track on this album.  4.5/5
  1. Turn It Up Ft Jamie Madrox, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Lex the Hex Master, & Bonez Dubb- The hook in this track is gritty to start but gives way to a smooth complex beat. Blaze leads off here and gives a really good verse.  Lex takes the second verse and his style sounds so much less refined in comparison to the first.  Bonez hits the third verse and his style his evident from the jump.  Jamie is on the track solely on the hook.  Another solid offering but it definitely had a few flaws with Lex’s verse.  3.5/5
  2. Fucked Ft The R.O.C., Boondox, and Gorilla Voltage- The R.O.C. leads off the track and has a smooth flow that works well over this simple but great sounding beat. Boondox continues the slower flow here and it works well in contrast to R.O.C. Gorilla Voltage adds another more gritty style to the last verse.  Mr. Grey and Clockworc add the edge needed here.  4/5
  3. Level Up! (Skit 1)- A 14 second skit with Twiztid “leveling up” in the game. N/A
  4. Their Fault Ft Jamie Madrox & Young Wicked- A more old school beat is presented here. This is a short track for sure. Jaime leads off and gives a verse which works but doesn’t stand out nearly as much as some others on the album.  Young Wicked rarely falls short and this verse is no exception.  Overall a good track but not one that will stand out unfortunately.  3/5
  5. Ignite Ft The R.O.C., Mr. Grey, Monoxide, Blaze Ya Dead Homie & King Gordy- The backing music is more rock than rap and a little too simple for the album. Once again Twiztid is featured on the hook only. The highlight of this track is Mr. Grey.  He shows how to attack the more rock beat.  The one verse that falls short is King Gordy.  He seems to struggle finding his footing here.  The other artist fall short on their verses as well.  3/5
  6. Cut Em Up Ft Young Wicked- This track highlights why Young Wicked was one of the better signings by MNE. His flow and ability is everything listeners have come to expect from him. The hook is a little too simple here.  Jamie hits his verse hard as hell too.  This is the track everyone expected two tracks ago that fell short.  Monoxide kills the last verse and makes the track finish off strong.  4.5/5
  7. Lights Out Ft G-Mo Skee & Mr. Grey- This track has a seriously heavy metal/rap hybrib beat. Monoxide leads the track and delivers a solid leading verse. G-Mo follows him and hits the beat hard.  The hook is simple but flows really well with the beat. Madrox goes third and destroys the beat with great lyrics.  Mr. Grey closes the track out and his unique voice and delivery work with the rock riffs.  A nice change at this point in the album.  4.5/5
  8. Harassment (Skit 2)- A short :28 skit. N/A
  9. Don’t Fuck With Us Ft The R.O.C., Lex the Hex Master & Clockworc- The beat here is slightly disjointed and very unique. The mix adds a very strange vibe to this track but the verses come through clear. All of the artists bring their “A” game and make this track flow even with the beat being odd. 4/5
  10. Better Than Ever B4 Ft Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Lex the Hex Master, G-Mo Skee & AMB- The tracks lead in uses a solid old school church organ. A smooth beat allows the artist to show their lyrical abilities. Lex gives one of his best verses on the album. In this track each artist looks back on earlier times and how now is so much better than before.  A good track featuring almost every artist on the label.  4/5
  11. Flix N’ Chill Ft Young Wicked, Clockworc & Blaze Ya Dead Homie- As the title suggests this is about Netflix and chill, it is as close to a love song as you will find in the underground. The track delivers on that basic of a level. A good “romantic” beat that gives the lyrics freedom to shine.  3.5/5
  12. Get High Ft Young Wicked, Mr. Grey, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Bonez Dubb & Lars- A super slow and deep bass drives this track. Young Wicked once again shows how diverse his delivery can be. The hook is super stripped down and that is needed to keep the feel of the track.  How Twiztid and the crew still find a way to make songs about getting high relevant is a definite accomplishment.  A good smoker track.  4/5
  13. Galaxy Ft G-Mo Skee, King Gordy & Jamie Madrox- More of a hip hop beat here. G-Mo flows hard against the beat. The hook is once again super simple.  King Gordy adds his flavor in his verse.  Madrox finishes the verses with another solid block of lyrics.  3.5/5
  14. Don’t Tell Me Ft King Gordy & Boondox- A banger of a beat backs this heavy hitting track. Gordy and Boondox kill this track. A banger through and through. 5/5
  15. Summon the Majik Ninja (Skit 3)- Another super short skit. N/A
  16. B.N.U. Ft Jamie Madrox, G-Mo Skee, Bonez Dubb, Gorilla Voltage, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Otis, & Lars- A dark slow beat that is just nasty backs these verses. This track is their statement that they are building the new underground. The track definitely shows the strength of the majik ninja lineup.  4.5/5
  17. Did You Unplug It? (Outro)- a :43 second outro. Kinda funny and leads the end of this album well. N/A

 

Overall Rating: 3.96/5

Conclusion:  If this was Twiztid’s way of making a definitive statement that they do not intend to play second fiddle to any other label in the underground I say, Mission accomplished.  One of the best compilations to date.  Every artist has some lows but the ups outweigh those by a long shot.  Solid production, beats, and mix make this a seriously enjoyable album.  Recommended, yes highly.

 

Favorite Tracks:

  1. B.N.U.

Length:

  • 62 Minutes 0 Seconds

Record Label:

  • Majik Ninja Entertainment

Release Date:

  • 12/01/2017

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    Faygoluvers Comments

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    Comment posted on Friday, June 15th, 2018 06:11 pm GMT -6 at 6:11 pm

    Mehh, listened to it once, that was one too many

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