Since dropping his classic debut “The Working Class Dad” back in 2005, Micall Parknsun has earned his status as one of the finest wordsmiths this country has to offer. His “Interview Mixtape”, follow up LP “First Second Time Around” and countless features have further cemented his place in the upper echelons. Yet unbeknownst to most, he’s been dabbling behind the boards the whole time and developed into a more than proficient beat maker.
With his third full-length effort, “Me Myself & Akai”, Parky finally sheds light on his production prowess. It’s more or less 100% Parknsun; weighing in at 14 tracks, the album is entirely self-produced with a handful of features from the likes of Jehst, Jyager, Joker Starr, Dubbeledge, Ramson Badbonez, Apollo and Lashana Lynch sprinkled in for good measure.
Admittedly, I was one of the many that probably didn’t know of Parky’s sideline. Therefore, without leaving dues unpaid, the thing that surprised me the most was how high a calibre of production “Me Myself & Akai” boasts. Parky’s choice of beat selection is near flawless; with the classic Boom Bap rawness of “The Father, The Son & The Holy Ghost”, the emphatic horns of “Living To Die” or the sheer energy of “Money In The Bag” all adding to the album’s brilliant soundscape.
Lyrically, Parky’s on as fine a form as ever. Tracks like the three lead singles “Return Of The Blaow”, “Me” and “Grade & Liquor” all showcase his trademark relentless flows over equally as infectious, head-nodding instrumentation. Yet, it seems to be the more mellow, intimate tracks where the listener gains a glimpse of the artist as a person. Whether it’s his devotion to his wife on “When I See You” or self-reflection on tracks like “My Own Worst Enemy” or “Living To Die”; it adds a certain depth and perspective that hasn’t been addressed so openly on previous material.
Ultimately, “Me Myself & Akai” showcases Micall Parknsun: the complete package. He more than holds his own on the beats front and as we have come to expect from him, he drops lyrical gems from start to finish. With age comes wisdom and his maturity shines throughout, sparking somewhat of an evolution in the sense of content and concept. He touches topics we’ve not seen him reach in such depth before and adds a new chapter to his already impressive portfolio. Needless to say; this is a must have addition to any self-respecting Hip Hop head’s collection. People have been waiting on this for quite some time so if you’re slipping and didn’t cop it the second it dropped, now’s the time to make amends…
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Review by Mike Pattemore @beats_n_pieces