The Promise (Explicit)
Released: Oct 2011
The Promise marks Freestyle Fellowship's first album in a decade, and it's substantially better than 2001's Temptations. Producer J Sumbi seems energized, and key assists from Exile (the bhangra-flavored "Step 2 the Side") and Black Milk (the neo-soul groove "Candy") convincingly update the Fellowship's classic linguistics exercises. The indie rap pioneers whip around moochers ("Gimme"), fatherhood ("Daddies"), alcoholism ("Introspective") and other topics with complex yet clearly spoken verses. They dive deep into word association games, and challenge the listener to follow.