Vast Aire's new solo album, OX 2010: A Street Odyssey, is shaping up nicely from what I can tell. The tracks heard thus far, such "I Don't Care," have demonstrated that Aire hasn't lost a step since 2008's Deuces Wild. And "The Cannon of Samus" continues that trend as he and guest Kenyattah Black outline a gritty tale over a Metroid-sampling beat. Personally, I was hoping for more references to Samus or Mother Brain and less playful rhymes from Aire -- that Pussycat Dolls, reference? Ugh. But everything else works so well, especially the beat and the visuals, that he gets a pass for that one.
OX 2010: A Street Odyssey drops May 31.