Radioinactive and AntiMC Free Kamal

Listening to Radioinactive gives your brain the same kind of workout that a Sunday morning crossword does: he invites you to join up notions from the four corners of the world that you perhaps wouldn’t otherwise connect. Unlike a crossword, he shows you how those kooky ideas go together, mostly through internal rhymes, assonance, consonance and alliteration. Like in "Chop Chop,” he says "Adam and Eve managed cause they spoke Spanish to the manager of the manger in Bethlehem/ New Mexico hotel/ It’s a sham for the man with an open hand.” Or witty twists on catch phrases, like saying "It’s as easy as 3.14,” instead of "easy as pie” in "Running with Scissors” (which goes on to be a very clever critique of consumer culture). After his rapcrobatic verbal tumbling routine, half of you goes "what!” and half of you goes "what?” and you want to listen again because not only is it mentally stimulating, and not only did you not catch it the first time, it’s rhythmically attractive. Working with AntiMC on the production side, there’s obvious and positive growth from his Pyramidi album. The music is definitely more mature (see the jaunty jazz of "The Physics of My Success” and the soul of the opener "With Light Within”) and he no longer tries to cram as many words as possible into each song, instead switching rhythmic momentums every track. As much growth as there is, and as enjoyable an album as it is, it is still not the best he will do. Keep an ear out. (Mush)