Whether you are a proponent of intense trunk-rattlers or sentimental deep tracks, Jozand & Ice Cold Production's album Unexpected satisfies rap aficionados of all varieties. Produced mostly by ICP's tandem Thai and DSUH, Spring Creek Record's first album offers an original sound born in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania. The producers show vast diversity, as exemplified by tracks as different as the retrospective "Lookin' for the Signs" to the upbeat club anthem "Dat'z How We Roll." DSUH's elaborate piano and string work can be found throughout the album, along with his tendency to scratch tracks to perfection. Thai uses a plethora of different sounds, highlighted by his magnificent performances on the funky "We Gon' Ride" and the truly emotional "Life Is A." Jozand also steps in producing a couple of tracks and helping on a few others. A notable song is "1 Of a Kind" where Jozand's smooth whistle meshes perfectly with DSUH's thumping kicks. Jozand, a gifted emcee born and raised in State College, Pennsylvania, has already contributed one solo album and one group effort (Central PA and The Groove Theory). At the modest age of 17, he has mastered the art of writing polished lyrics, as exemplified on the lead single "They Don't Know": What's up DSUH/ Let's keep it true/ Throw it back to relevance/ Extract the elements/ Of the track, excel in it/ If that, we'll be sellin' it/ I'll be on standby, man I, am fly... Jozand grabs a mic and does nothing other than/ Wreck it, so respect it, we make ear drums shudder man/ You hear 'em stutterin'? Yeah...That's another win. Creativity and humor can be found in one-liners ("It's Jozand, it's time for respect my man/ 'cause things are goin' north like a humvee full of Mexicans") and in extended metaphors ("Life threw a curveball at me and now my batting helmet's dented/ I constantly swing and miss, struck out plenty times/ feeling worse than I could express, in any rhyme"). Jozand's straight forward style of pronouncing every syllable in words draws attention to all of the subtle touches in his writing. Unexpected features a slew of talented guest artists, including Spring Creek's own Jack Tyson, Big Slim, Young Dude, Tammingeye and Black President. CKnatt and Lil' Danny from Trillion Cut Recordz also stop by for memorable performances. All and all, for it's considerably cheap price, Unexpected is an extremely worthy investment of your money. If you like original beats with kick, it's got that. If you like innovative lyrics with unsurpassed structure, it's got that. No matter what you appreciate, it will exceed your expectations.
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