I was listening to this week’s episode of The Combat Jack Show that featured Queens rapper, Cormega. Cormega went through his album track by track and from what I was hearing it was sounding great. After I finished listening to the episode, I gave the album another few runs so I could get the full experience of the album.
Mega Philosophy begins with “A New Day Begins” that begins with a spoken word piece and then Cormega speaks on being accountable in the culture that he loves. (“My Golden Rule is/Live no lie I know truth is/Part of my focus music, art imitates life growth included/I’m bond by words hold me to it/My heart and nerve are accountable no excuses/I never made a deal with my soul included“) Really digging how that spoke of the overall vibe of the album. On “MARS (Dream Team“), Cormega rounds up AZ, Redman and Styles P to spit incredible bars over Large Professor’s production. On “Industry“, whew… Cormega spoke on his feelings about what goes on with these record labels. (“Niggas is crazy that’s why we ain’t got shit/Rappers hate each other not the labels that got rich/Don’t care about culture they only want profit
If your album sells slow bet you get dropped quick/Q-Tip warned us the industries toxic/For reference check out B.D.P – “Sex and Violence”/When Styles made “I Get High” it was playin’ all day/When Styles made “I’m Black” it didn’t get enough play/I guess they got a problem with anything positive/Doesn’t make sense if it doesn’t bring dollars in“)
“Fuck the crown, truthfully all it did was ruin unity in the rap community, no rapper ruling me
It’s like birds amongst lions as soon as my cub starts crying you’re food to me
Love thy enemy some were once cool with me, I read niggas well some wrote their own eulogy
Maybe I’m stubborn, I refuse to be a grown man rapping about money, clothes and jewelry” – Cormega from “Reflections“
I remember listening to “Da Bridge 2001” and Cormega was saying how he’s more mature now, he’s on a record with (fellow Queensbridge rapper) Nature. Actually on that episode with Combat Jack, he states that the two of them have been cool for years. The two MC’s link up for “D.U. (Divine Unity)” and gives listeners that throwback vibe as they spit about their views on life. This record is incredible. The album’s final track “Valuable Lessons” speaks on the lessons that Cormega has learned throughout his life. (“People who never voted betray you for dead presidents/Some wear two faces: friend and enemy/And gain nothing ‘cause they don’t deserve anything/I risk my life for niggas who didn’t write or visit/During my time in prison I realized my friendship/Isn’t what I envisioned/And I’m tired of giving/With no reciprocation, thankfully times are different“) This track makes me reflect on those so called ‘friends’ that I have lost over the years. In the end, you realize that you were better off without them.
Mega Philosophy‘s production rested in Large Professor’s hands and it’s an incredible sound from beginning to end. What I enjoyed most about Mega Philosophy is the lyricism that Cormega delivered. It wasn’t the bullshit bars that are considered to be ‘hot’ in the current crap of mainstream. It’s the bars that make you rewind and listen to again just in case you might have missed something. This is the brand of hip-hop that I fell in love with growing up.