Personnel: The Bohemian Dub Orchestra (strings); Adam Hershberger, Elliott Levin (horns).
Audio Mixers: Ryan Schwabe; Ramble Krohn.
Recording information: Dustbowl Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Released through the producer's RJ's Electrical Connections label, STS X RJD2 is a case of an up-and-coming talent collaborating with an established and revered beatmaker, and all the jaw-dropping moments come from the former with the latter in tow. Key cut "Hold on, Here It Go" finds STS kickin' out hard truths in the form of punch lines, as "The revolution won't be televised because the ratings would be horrible" brings the apathy of the connected generation into question. The Atlanta-born, Philly-based rapper does so in an attractive style with a voice somewhere between Q-Tip and Digable Planets' Craig "Doodlebug" Irving, plus his flow is rapid, as wit-filled lines and layered arguments whip by, making everything he says benefit from a second, a third, or more listens. RJD2 is right in the pocket with the sunshine soul of his 2013 album More Is Than Isn't making a mighty return, and while the inspiration of Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap mixtape certainly seems heavy, numbers such as "Monsters Under My Bed" take the album to a place much more composed and cinematic. All and all, this is an excellent debut for STS plus an inspired, proud showcase for RJD2, who can now moonlight as a talent scout whenever he chooses. ~ David Jeffries