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Kev Brown I Do What I Do Up Above • 2005

With productions for De La Soul, Biz Markie, being a ghost producer for DJ Jazzy Jeff's production team, and makin a remix version of 'The Black Album', Kev Brown can hardly be called a newbie in the game. But with this debut album, this Maryland native finally has the chance to show if he can hold a whole album, not only on the production tip but also on the mic.

Describin Brown's music is not really difficult, everyone knows Pete Rock, so there you have it! Not that Brown's music is a copy of the Soul Brother #1 but he's influenced like no one else. This album is a collection of easy-listening beats with lazy piano licks and smooth drums, combined with Kev's raw voiced, slow-speed raps. The first song of the album has the only guest producer behind the boards, DJ Roddy Rodd, and yes, 'Alone Again' has the Maspyke-sound all over, a stumpin beat with a bugged out synth piano support Brown's fresh lyrics with sharp metaphors, 'Ridin bars like alcoholics', reminding of Jay Dee's deep raw voice and easy but well-put punchlines. Another example of this can be heard on the track 'Keep On'; 'No rims on these wheels I gotta start lookin out for number one to get these mills', this could've been a Jay Dee rhyme for real. Impressive is the bass line of this song; a creative, warm bass that draws attention like on 'Outside Lookin On', where a playful bass line reminds of the bass loop Kev used on Jazzy Jeff's 'The Magnificent' for the song with Freddie Foxxx. 'Say Sumthin' has a dope DJ Premier-like piano, only a few chords long but soundin real nice. The song is a dedication to true production skills and PC programmes get a 'no-no'; ''How do you get your kick-to-kick like that?' Kev asks while he actually flips the drum kicks.

'I Do What I Do' is a nice debut, with good vibes and excellent to kick back to. It's hip-hop music you have to savour, hip-hop you have to breathe in easily and enjoy. An album that takes you away from the hectic rat race. Comparing with Jay Dee and Pete Rock is only right as he also admits; 'You know I learned from the greats, Pete Rock to Jay Dee, Diggin In The Crates to Primo, I make the best of what I got and create the so-called hot' but it also proves how great this music sounds and that, in the end, he does what he does: 'I try to remain classic, old school measures are drastic, passionate, most unplastic, collaborate with bills pound up to my neck, but never had a problem gainin respect', he raps on 'Struggla's Theme', and that respect will only grow if he keeps on makin records like these.

POSTED ON 09|27|2005 by cpf

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