Album Review: Crown — Pieces to the Puzzle (@crownprod)


Here comes Crown of the Grim Reap­erz with one of the bet­ter Hip Hop albums of 2014. A lot of French pro­du­cers are put­ting out dope releases right now and per­haps what makes Pieces to the Puzzle stand out above the rest is Crown’s diverse and inter­na­tion­al selec­tion of fea­tures. Where many European pro­du­cers these days prefer to only fea­ture Amer­ic­an emcees, here we have UK’s Cax­ton Press on What the World Needs Now, some of France’s best emcees like Dadoo from KDD and ATK, Belgium’s Scyl­la and even Paloalto from Korea!

Of course there’s also the great US fea­tures that Grim Reap­erz have become known for over a series of EPs and releases, includ­ing PMD, Main Flow, Reks, El Da Sen­sei, Grand Agent, Ras­co and many more. When first play­ing the record I was struck by the high qual­ity of the sound, par­tic­u­larly the bass, as there’s some­thing hap­pen­ing here which (although I am no ‘sound expert’) I can hear the mix­ing and mas­ter­ing is a cut above many of the records I have bought recently and this usu­ally makes me turn it up really loud.

This is not an album you will listen to only once. Lin­guist­ic­ally there is a lot hap­pen­ing here and it will take mul­tiple listens to (fully?) under­stand everything that’s going on. Luck­ily Crown has cre­ated more than just ‘beats with raps on them’ and music­ally the whole thing seems to come togeth­er, a little bit like each track is a piece of a large and com­plex puzzle….

I highly recom­mend you grab the wax now before it’s too late.

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