More or Les I Only Stop For The Red Ants (Villain Worship) Rating: NNN
This Scarborough MC and host of Hooch's In Divine Style showcase doesn't take the ice-grill approach to hiphop, preferring to drop critical but encouraging rhymes in the vein of Hieroglyphics and J5, and sometimes even sounding like a musical descendant of the Dream Warriors. The production, done by Les and Dorc, is above average, with extra marks for well-placed Ghostface and Beatnuts vocal samples. A fine showcase for an intelligent Toronto rapper who'll likely go further once he hits a signature sound. More or Les celebrates his new CD at the Reverb Wednesday (February 18).