Did you see that YouTube clip with Buckshot Shorty gushing over his (shockingly numerous) Simpsons figurines, re-enacting a scrap between Todd Flanders, Kearney and Nelson Muntz? Truly, wonderfully absurd. He is evidently in a comfortable place in his storied hip-hop life, and this playful persona finds its way into more than a few of the recordings on this solid sophomore side project.
9th Wonder can now give the BDI Emcee his top-batch beats since being disowned by Little Brother, so a multitude of satisfying soul-inflected thumpers grace The Formula. Buckshot’s energetic veteran perspective peaks on Ready (Brand New Day), a ray of sunshine sprouting from the speaker, and the edutaining Hold It Down.
Talib Kweli also donates some ill chemicals to the concoction, and word up to pouring some Ladybug Mecca into the mix. Funny/crazy how traditional 90s New York hip-hop sounds so lost in time in 2008. But beats, rhymes and real life are always a winning formula.