With its too repetitive 'real real real real...' hook, the first single off Aceyalone's fourth album, Eazy (featuring Chali 2na), wasn't received very well. Turns out it's one of the better songs on the L.A. rapper's dancehall homage, Lightning Strikes.
Acey's fellow Laker, producer Bionik, is on the boards with clashing electronic snares and ringtone riddims, and for much of the album reggae and hiphop fail to meet each other halfway. The concept only hits its stride around To The Top, followed by the Grandmaster Flash-referencing When I Woke Up.
A couple of songs really work: Master and Jungle Muzik, with their vigorous Jah Orah cameos, and the socially aware Help Us All. But the rootsy Top Choice, with its corny Kevin Lyttle-style chorus, not so much.