Rising up from the ever-growing Philadelphia underground, 40th Dimension has spent the last several years building a strong rep through various self-released projects. After treating listeners to their outstanding debut EP, The Clarence Beeks Project
, and dropping two quality singles, the duo are now releasing their first full-length. 40D's approach is relatively straightforward but extremely tight, comprising Scandal on the mike and Happ G on the beats. Lyrically they stick to the basics: brag-heavy battle rhymes, wack emcee thrashing, and witty metaphors galore, served up with an abundance of loop-based tracks and gritty boom-baps. Standouts include the fierce throwdown "Till I Die," the jazz-flavored "Let's Get It On," and the tripped-out guitar riffs and oddball percussion of "What It Is." Interspersed with dialogue clips from various movies (including Philly favorite Trading Places
) and sharp verses from assorted guests (such as Media 101 and Starvin Marvin), The Crop Report
is one of the most solid releases yet this year, with its classic-style East Coast hip-hop, neck-bending beats, and rugged rhymes.