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TC Kapone is a young and so far a pretty fertile East Side San Jose representative. In short time he managed to release the solo "Grand Theft Audio", "High Tide" in 2009 and the first quarter of 2010 brought the third official album entitled "Swamp Water". Truth be told, I'm impressed how fast this cat jumped onto the scene, since he hasn't even appeared on many other projects as a guest appearance, just straight full-length projects from the gates.
If you've had an opportunity to listen to his previous endeavors, then you more or less know what to expect. Obviously the artist hasn't changed in such short time, however the production is surprisingly on another level, mastering is better, in other words the label stepped its quality and sound game up. The vast majority of beats were handled by the talented composer Teazem (Teazem Beatz), which happened to be a great move. He's known for a characteristic mixture of big sounds, mesmerizing - sometimes even TV-like - melodies, lively tempos, hard drums, that relentlessly force me to bob my head and at the same time fill me with a positive dose of energy. "Swamp Water" is indeed a noteworthy cd mainly due to dynamic, polished and various music that won't let you pass by emotionless, let alone feel bored while dealing with the whole lot of 18 cuts, lasting for more than 76 minutes in total! I'm praising mostly the endeavors by Teazem, as he created 13 tracks, nonetheless you should not forget about the remaining ones prepared by Nu'Sense, Mastermind Productions and TC Kapone himself. As far as the host is concerned he feels very comfortable on such energetic, brisk and vicious type of production. Don't mistake "Swamp Water" for some hyphy material though, because it's really far from this sub-genre, despite the modern style. Almost the entire solo is filled with a solid dose of gangsta shit and East San Jo representing lyrics. The rapper skillfully and smoothly flows on each subsequent beat, hastily spitting words, leaving behind huge lots of street bars. To tell the truth, his voice doesn't necessarily make him stand out - it's young, without distinctive marks, let's say "regular" - but his pronunciation is clear and perfectly follows the rhythm which ultimately makes me focus on his delivery, paying attention to nice word plays and similes. The other guest appearances also made a good impression, supposedly unknown, yet surprisingly professional. The fact is, TC doesn't touch upon sophisticated subjects, you'll usually hear him present his game, make threats, basically a lot of turf related topics. Neither did the artist intend to shock you with rhymes; yes, from time to time he comes up with something original, so let's say he fulfills the standards in this regard. Here's a piece of "We Will Rock You":
Half a blunt hangin' out of my mouth
I'm always dirty when I'm drivin', occupation paper route
Gangsterism, G shit, I got it deep in my veins
I'm like a gladiator, homie, are you entertained?
I came up deep in the game as a youngsta, day to day I'm earnin' stripes
Anyday it's still the same, I'll be a knucklehead for life
Let me answer the quoted question: yes, this modern, explosive mix does provide a tremendous portion of hyping-up entertainment. It isn't surprising in terms of lyrics, but that was not a prerequisite. Among a few exceptions you'll find calm, slower and at the same time more solemn "Bandanna Love", "Nothing To Something" and "When I Get There" - a tribute to the dead friend. "Swamp Water" didn't manage to avoid a few flaws. Tracks "Top Back" as well as "Posted On The Block" have a bit worse production; the latter one has a really rich hook, it's a pity that during verses the sounds were more scarce. It doesn't change the fact though, that you may find several pearls out here - songs brilliant in many aspects - that include "Stay Hustlin", "I'ma Ridah" (pastiche of "Ambitionz Az A Ridah"), "40 Deep", "Beast From The East" and "44 Mag". Fans of hard, dynamic, street type of vibes should lay their hands on this one, as it is an exquisite pick in its kind. (taken from BayUndaground.com - email@example.com)