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Ge-ology Plays Ge-ology
Mineral Werks/Female Fun

Rating: 9/10 ?


September 7, 2005
Producers are a dime a dozen, and admittedly these days, many of them have talent to spare. The last couple of years have seen a hip-hop production renaissance of sorts. The increasing expense and difficulty in sample-clearing has led to a new crop of men and women behind the boards who make their beats from scratch while still tastefully and sparingly grabbing samples here and there: think 9th Wonder, Hi-Tek, DJ Language and others.

Ge-ology falls into this category, and his Soulquarian blend of blunted jazz and soul beats can carry the illest MC far (or even the wackest at that); the sounds are that good, firmly holding one's attention on their own. This early partner of the high school-aged Tupac has gone on to work with the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Bahamadia and Jill Scott. Notice a pattern here? You should: all are members of the progressive and experimental hip-hop and neo-soul community, willing to take a chance on a producer who has an obvious love and knowledge of the music he creates.

Ge-ology Plays Ge-ology is a mix tape compendium of his beats, past and present. Remixes, instrumentals and demo-style vocal tracks abound, but there is consistency in texture and skill that makes this entire record - at almost 70 minutes long - an incredibly engaging experiment in beats, rhymes and yes, life.

While several MCs put in notable appearances - such as Chicago's Consequence on "Fasho" and Grand Agent on "This is What They Meant" - the real boom-bap comes from Ge-ology's mind alone. The stark treble of his kick and snare is countered nicely by deep bass tones that anchor the beats in syrupy, head nodding molasses; it feels good to let yourself get stuck in and go with the flow. Occasionally, a well-placed vocal sample enters the mix - as on soul-inflected "Xtramental" - but these are often small pieces of the puzzle as his work focuses on an organically created feeling and sound.

Ge-ology's mix quickly moves onto the next, never letting a track overstay its welcome. The entire affair consists of 30 songs - some only pieces and some fleshed out 3 1/2 minute works. It seems that he's trying to give you the entire picture of his work and career here, and one should be glad for it, as this slept-on producer should surely be at least as in demand as Madlib or J-Dilla. While not exactly a piece in the mainstream hip-hop puzzle, Ge-ology's style and work shouldn't be forced into the leftfield; these are entirely accessible, body rocking flavors that both college radio and Hot 97 could find a market for.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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