EMC’s The Show, is yet another solid example of a concept album. Like Prince Paul’s A Prince Among Thieves, this album plays like a movie without the inexplicable $11.00 price tag. This twenty-three track narrative (skits included), was a welcomed addition last year, ultimately proving to be one of the better albums of 2K8. Self proclaimed “favorite artists' favorite artists”, EMC consists of emcees, Masta Ace, Punchline, Wordsworth and Strick. These excellent mic controllers chemistry is undeniable, and the result is heady, clever lyricism fortified by dope beats supplied by the likes of 9th Wonder and Nicolay. It also features appearances by Sean P, Little Brother, Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets fame amongst others.
The Show, as the title would suggest details the story of these experts' making classics as they make their way from the airport with their special promotions manager, Adam, to a live performance at Club MP3. The value of this album lies in its ability to cohesively maintain the storyline both musically and through the various comical skits. Nevertheless, it is the various messages and lessons sprinkled throughout the album that also add to its worth.
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