Album: Libretto- Gangsta Jazz 2- The Album
A real throwback vibe Gangsta Jazz 2 is the first full release from West Coast MC Libretto since his release from prison. The jazz element of the title is equally on show from the start with opening track. Not Ya Average employing some of the jazzy brass and foot tapping instrumentation seen throughout the album.
In keeping with this authenticity Libretto offers personal and open narrative painting vivid pictures of life growing up in the projects. On tracks such as Exile Eminence and Concrete Paradise. Written during his time in confinement the lyrics are particularly thoughtful and reflective ending with So Good. Which sees Libretto pondering on life and the future after leaving prison.
An album of real integrity and soul Gangsta Jazz makes for good listening to any fans of old school hip hop. The album is available from Liquid Beats Records as a download here. And can also be purchased as a limited edition cassette.