Though it may sound dated to a new jack, this EP is a breath of fresh air to the late-20- or 30-something hip-hop head. Starting with A.G.'s real rap talk woven into an ominous 80s-action-movie-inspired dramatic beat that Showbiz concocts, it's efficient, like DJ Premier scratches (also included).
Straight up, this EP is an uncut shipment of that D.I.T.C. East Coast rap that Big L and co. used to eagerly serve us. But the earnest attempt to address rumour mill churnings on The World Is Listening burns too slow to give the kind of headrush we got from classics like Fat Pockets or Soul Clap. And who knew it's been 10 years since Show and A.G. recorded together? Wow. Still, the liner notes are on point, educating the unaware, and instrumentals are provided to let new jacks get their Big Pun on.