Fans of the the label collaboration will remember Blak from DJ Jazzy Jeff's 2002's The Magnificent. On this long playing autobiography, Blak displays superlative lyricism, with dramatic beats supplied by a host of producers, readers of the BBE small print will have already met some of them. The final album is mixed by DJ Revolution.
This is a collection of 17 tales starting with his birth in a tough West Philly neighbourhood, Blak takes us on a journey through an urban hip hop landscape. The whole album is a high point, but along the way be sure to check out the 'big band hip hop' flavour on' Starvin' Artist, the 'reggae hip hop vibe' on Daddy Dearest and the 'Disco hip hop' of Firewater.
'If William Shakespeare grew up in the streets of West Philly, he still wouldn't hold a candle to my man. With an incredible command of the English language and lyricism so tight it should hold a patent, Once You Go Blak sets a delectable new hip hop standard. Far from jiggy yet refusing to be categorized as a member of the "slumber-underground," Blak reps the middle ground - a place where confidence, the hustle, politrix and independence reign'