One Session

    Bobby B presents The Hidden Treasures Vol. 1

    6
    Suburban Noize - January 31, 2006

    Though
    they’re eager to out-brag anything with a microphone and a backward
    baseball cap, the three men of Los Angeles’s hip-hop outfit One Session
    aren’t your typical emcees. They do their best to avoid gunplay
    nonsense and ‘hood fabrications on The Hidden Treasures Vol. 1, a long spread of slickly produced tracks mixed by DJ Bobby B and a prelude to the group’s forthcoming The Family Jewels LP.

    [more:]

     

    One
    Session’s emcees Tristate (who’s worked with stars such as Tha
    Alkaholiks, Rass Kass and Xzibit) and Minus One push slow, hard-edged
    rhymes and ill-tempered flow, outdoing a lot of the other tracks upon
    their entry in early cuts such as “Change Things” and “Listen Up.”
    “Change” is exactly that, and One Session’s “no bling” credo comes to
    the forefront in sharp verses over a tinted piano loop and busy
    rhythmic jabs.

     

    A
    lot of the time the beats are of the crisp, polished type that could
    easily find their way into a popular-radio market, if it weren’t for
    these pesky inventive nuances. Skilled producer Cringe, like Bobby B,
    hails from the now-extinct West Coast all-live hip-hop act Da
    Nayborhoodz, whose extremely underground roots date back to the early
    1990s. Cringe and One Session claim credit for almost all the beats on Hidden, and
    the brawny bottom end of this production often calls for repeat – check
    the funk of “Goin’ Down” and a stylish, alliteration-laden verse from
    guest Hannah B.

     

    Bobby
    B’s active scratch work stands out in his mix, augmenting his intro,
    the dark four-note swirls of “If This Were” and the atmospheric but
    similar-sounding stomp of “We Back,” to name a few. The Hidden Treasures
    can only plow over its thick beats for so long, though, and it loses
    steam toward the end of its eighteen tracks in a couple of subpar guest
    spots and even metal-crossover-type fare that’s worth skipping over. It
    starts off hot and could’ve been wrapped up early on. Maybe The Family Jewels will be better planned out.

     

    Discuss this review at The Prefix Message Board  

    One Session Web site

    Suburban Noize Records

    If This Were” MP3

    Just All Right” MP3

    SHARE
    Previous articleWhat the Toll Tells
    Next articleColor Strip