You may be aware of TriState through his work as a part of Durag Dynasty alongside Killer Ben and Planet Asia. The Los Angeles lyricist partners with exceptional beatsmith Oh No, hailing from Oxnard, for a superb full length release entitled ‘3 Dimensional Prescriptions’. TriState is a rhymer who prides himself on complexity accompanied with a pounding, consistently energetic delivery, and Oh No’s versatile style makes this a brilliant collaboration.
The tough opener ‘Showroom Floor’ is a shining example of the authoritative, professional diction of Los Angeles underground stalwart TriState and the jazzy, off-kilter production work of the legendary California beatmaker Oh No. It’s clear from the first track that this is a street-smart LP with an emphasis on hard-hitting instrumentals and ferocious lyricism. The leaders of the new wave of atmospheric, slow-paced and swagged out hip-hop appear on the fantastic ‘Custom’; Oh No and TriState are joined by prolific spitters Hus Kingpin and Westside Gunn, as well as upcoming LA MC Lyric Jones.
The wonderfully chopped ‘Networth’ is a dope soulful cut with intricate verses and precise flows from front to back. Oh No’s tight drums are characteristically banging, and he expertly exploits vocal samples to create a truly remarkable backdrop for TriState to deliver unfaltering raw bars. The gravelly ‘6 Sun Raise Son’ is a heavy cypher cut which features Casual, Brotha J and Bro AA Rashid; ‘3 Dimensional Prescriptions’ utilises Oh No and TriState’s connections in the underground scene. The wealth of talent on display shows that authentic, gritty hip-hop hasn’t gone anywhere, despite what you might read from uninformed whingers on internet forums.
As if you need further proof, West Coast legend Planet Asia appears on ‘Wind Chime Wizardly’, and the sparkling melodies are offset by crunchy percussion and dexterous lyricism from both King Medallions and TriState; the consistency in quality of both beats and rhymes is impeccable, and the album is so entertaining as a result. It’s such a diverse project too; the anthemic, relaxed joint ‘Imhotep’ is one of the highlights. Vivid lyricism and passionate instrumentation make this soulful tune a true success. Straight up gangster attitude shines on the encapsulating ‘Move Script’; Tri spits with believable attitude, and the dusty, cinematic vibe is completed by a stylish showcase from Los Angeles MC Rogue Venom on the hook.
Revered lyricist and beatmaker The Alchemist, Oh No’s partner in crime as a part of fantastic duo Gangrene, appears on the super-chilled ‘Write Wrongs’. The chemistry is so easy to hear, and the restrained execution makes it a late standout. Sharp, flashy bars are delivered with sophistication and experience on the terrific ‘Latest Drug’; the smooth strings, complex rhyme schemes and detailed description make for an outstanding penultimate track. The LP closes out on the slick ‘Exit Thru The Gift Shop’; TriState is accompanied on the microphone by veteran lyricist Evidence, and the raw production is perfect for the two charismatic spitters to vibe to whilst displaying their prowess.
This is a great project; the verses are concisely delivered, and the cohesive sound of the LP is a true testament to the successful partnership that TriState and Oh No bring to the table. The feature list is extensive and impressive; both respected names and relevant newcomers are fully represented on, and nobody sounds even the slightest bit out of place. ‘3 Dimensional Prescriptions’ is guaranteed to stay in rotation for any true hip-hop head; this one is a masterclass in how to match beats and rhymes with effortless skill and classy results, and we may just have an early album of the year contender.
By Sam Bennett