Bruce Pandolfo a.k.a. AllOne is another cool cat from New York I’ve been listening to lately. On ‘The Inevitable Effort‘ he creates an atmosphere of beats and vibes which steps well beyond unimaginative loops and mundane lyrics of today’s Hip-Hop.
‘Time Capsule‘ -featured above- has a cool ‘All Along The Watchtower’ sample over James Brown’s anthemic ‘Funky Drummer’ break- a track that most definitely deserves some air-play, as do the soothing vibes the NY MC emits in ‘Grab The Horns‘. ‘Never Stopping‘ is jazzier with an extremely funky chorus but what’s really off the hook here is ‘What’s Your Problem?’, an apocalyptic tale that proves that all a person needs is a little perspective. ‘I Get Down‘ is heavier and makes excellent use of yet another classic break. By the time you get to ‘This Is For‘ you already know AllOne’s certainly not your average rapper with cliché beats and forsed self esteem. Actually, his clever and focused wordplay reminds me of Atmosphere’s Slug.
All in all, ‘The Inevitable Effort‘ explores the head-bopping experimental sounds that will no doubt appeal to fans of consious Hip-Hop heads. If you’re fan of of experimental, alternative and positive hip-hop, you probably have already felt upon the quality work of NY MC AllOne. Cheers.