Attack Of The Attacking Things
Record label: Third Earth
Format: 2xLP/CD
Release date: 6 August 2002

Jean Grae is the best female emcee out. I’m just going to put that out there now. There is no question that What What is one of the most talented emcees, period. (Pick up Mr. Len’s solo project and listen to “Taco Day” and then come back and talk to me.) Attack Of The Attacking Things is straight raw, conscious, and positive. What else would you expect from Third Earth? This is a dope album that covers many topics and is a reflection of the artist personally, socially, and creatively. The production is largely by unknown Nasain Nahmeen (wink wink, nod nod) but the mutant gets help from Evil Dee, Mr. Len, Ev Price, and Master Ace. The mood of the album overall is at times comedic and light hearted while brooding, frustrating and serious at others. Jean Grae is diverse and covers a lot of ground in a short record (ten songs total).

"No Doubt" and "Get It" are probably my favorite songs. Jean Grae goes on a rampage and lets cats know not to mess with her “hustle” on "No Doubt" - definitely a banger. "Get It" probably has one of the best hooks I’ve heard in a long time. Jean gives a shout out to the city and those out trying to make it happen. The best song is without a doubt "Love Song." Jean is a talented storyteller and the fact that the story of her travels in love is so personal makes it more powerful. We get Jean Grae’s wit on “Thank Yah,” another braggadocious track that is bouncy and light hearted. "What Would I Do" and "Block Party" shows Jean’s more serious side. From front to back, there isn’t a skip on the record and as you move through the album you will find every beat is a head nodder. This woman shows nothing but skill on both production and lyrics. Attack Of The Attacking Things comes out swinging and has been one of my favorites for 2002.

{mikal lee (hired gun)}

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