The 2009 reunion of the NYC
avant-rap crew Anti-Pop Consortium was one of the most promising things to
happen in the otherwise hapless East Coast wing of the underground hip-hop
universe in quite some time.
But that hasn’t stopped the
trio’s chief MC, Beans, from continuing to kick it on the solo tip. The latest joint
under his own accord is quite possible his best to date. End It All, Beans’ fourth, is his debut on the anticon. label. It
also marks the first LP where he out sources all of the production, a bold and
arguably wise move that really opens up the rapper’s creative palate across 13
vocabulary packed tracks.
And the Bean man certainly
went balls out for his initial collaborative foray as a solo act. In addition
to a pair of obligatory intra-label ventures with such extended members of the
anticon. family as Tom Tobacco of Black Moth Super Rainbow (“Glass
Coffins”) and electronic wunderkind Son Lux (“Blue Movie”), End It All also finds the Yonkers native
in cooperation with such prolific linchpins of the abstract beat universe as
Nobody (“Deathseeker”), Four Tet (“Glue Traps”, “Anvil
Falling”) and former Warp Records neighbor Chris Clark
(“Hunter”). Also lending a hand to the mix are some of Beans’ more
noteworthy pals in indie rock, including Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino,
Tortoise percussionists Jon McEntire and Dan Bitney’s hip-hop project Bumps and
TV On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe, who contributes some stunning
background vocals to the standout track “Mellow You Out”.
With all this new talent on
hand, Beans has never sounded more feral on the mic, bringing back the
braggadocio flair of his early APC days across the hottest half hour under the
light of his own marquee to date.
“I got MCs worried like
there’s blood in your urethra,” he boasts on “Electric
Eliminator”. Spoken like a true rapper on the cusp of middle age.
DOWNLOAD: “Deathseeker”, “Glass Coffins”, “Glue Traps”,
“Hunter”, “Mellow You Out”, “Electric Eliminator”