Hi-Tek's come a long way, baby, from beatmaker for Black Star to one of the privileged members of Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment production staff, doing beats for 50 and G-Unit. This sequel to his 2001 Hi-Teknology album is a representation of his new stylistic direction. He hasn't fully shed the late-90s New York aesthetic of his work on the Soundbombing compilations, with Talib Kweli as Reflection Eternal, or Hi-Teknology 1, but he's switched his style up without losing the minimalism. Now that Hi-Tek's an established beatmaker in the over- and undergrounds, he calls on rhymers with more attitude than Kweli to complement the sharp new beats. This list includes Q-Tip, Ghostface, The Game, Busta, Devin the Dude, Nas, Kurupt and Common, and no one phones in his verse.