Talk of the Town (Explicit)[CD]
O.S.Ben & Renzo's debut album Talk Of The Town is one of those few that make you want to hit repeat time after time. From the raw opening lines of "What We Do" to going out with a bang on "Reaction," Talk Of The Town lives up to it's name without missing a beat. Far from being your standard rap duo, O.S.Ben and Renzo differ in many ways. While O.S.Ben is hustling with a bottle of Tanqueray at his side, Renzo is trying to survive without falling into the same traps as so many others. This struggle to rise to above less than ideal surroundings can be hard as hell, but at the same time defines who you come to be- and this contrast is part of what makes this team shine on so many levels. O.S.Ben's larger-than-life tone and hype, together with Renzo's tenacious sensibility make for not only solid rhymes, but soulful hooks that will have you bobbing your head and singing along from the very first time you hear them. Influenced as much by Curtis Mayfield and Pink Floyd as Dr. Dre and Outkast, O.S.Ben & Renzo lean more toward the musical side of hip-hop. When paired with producer/multi-instrumentalist O.S.Ben's always melodic grooves, their distinct vocal presence becomes even more engaging. And attention to detail could not be any more clear: From tracking and mixing in their own Time Warp Studios, to mastering by none other than Brian 'Big Bass' Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Talk Of The Town holds it's own against any album out there today.
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