Krumbsnatcha Hidden Scriptures

Krumbsnatcha Hidden Scriptures
It's been 11 years since Krumbsnatcha's career-making appearance on Gang Starr's "Make 'Em Pay" and five years since the Boston MC's last album. While Scriptures features no DJ Premier beats, the presence of Mr. Walt (of Da Beatminerz), Pete Rock, Large Professor and Statik Selektah behind the boards makes up for it. Unfortunately the rest of the album's production is handled by unpromising no-names. For his part, Krumb is blessed with a throaty voice and a steady flow, and spits consistent, straightforward lyrics in the vein of fellow Bostonians Akrobatik and Ed O.G. Scriptures is hurt by its excessive one-hour-plus runtime and weak hooks, but the hits make up for the misses. "L.O.V.E." is a sincere dedication to hip-hop that succeeds despite its familiar sample. "Feeling" features Krumb flowing nicely over a smooth Mr. Walt beat, accompanied by a catchy Kanye vocal sample. Pete Rock's two contributions," Begins" and "Yesterday," see Krumb promising a fresh start and acknowledging past mistakes over engaging Pete beats. While the album is uneven and overlong, Hidden Scriptures' highlights present a strong argument for Krumbsnatcha's relevance in 2009. Let's hope we don't have to wait another five years for the follow-up. (Str8 Up)