Gianni Russo, the acclaimed actor that played Carlo Rizzi in The Godfather movie enlists rapper Joell Ortiz and producer Rsonist from the Heatmakerz to give us this new project that turned out pretty dope. This is pretty much a concept album involving a lot of stories in and around the making of the Godfather or closely related mafia stories. Joell does a fantastic job with the bars. He is able to put on an accent when needed and play different characters all while rapping at a very high level. He really does a great job at story-telling. Rsonist does a decent job as well on the boards. If you are expecting the classic Diplomat sound, you won’t get that. You will get some dope beats that really fit this project well. All in all, this is a great concept for an album and a very interesting and original idea that pretty much hasn’t been done before. It was great hearing something so new and fresh.
The Capo Jim Jones gives us the deluxe version of his El Capo album. This one boasts 15 new tracks added on which is basically a whole brand new album added onto the previous one. Jim does a great job at piecing together some new music with a theme to it. He enlists the help of singer Marc Scibilia for a lot of the tracks and honestly, the two of them have a knack for putting together some great and innovative new songs. I’m wondering if we will get a joint album out of them one day. There are some other notable features from Juelz Santana, Vado, Dave East, Maino, Nino Man, and the late Fred The Godson. The production on here is pretty decent. We even get an old school sounding Jim over a Heatmakerz track with “Gospel.” That is definitely one of the best highlights of this album. Overall, Jim Jones did a great job with this project and we definitely always look forward to new music from the Diplomat veteran.
This is a phenomenal match-up if I ever saw one. You get two of NY’s finest MCs and pair them up with some of the best producers and you get pure gold. There is no question that both Joell Ortiz and Fred The Godson are both top tier lyricists. Joell has been killing it ever since he started, through the Slaughterhouse years, and into today. The dude cannot be faded at all. Fred The Godson is an MC I always forget how great his skills are. His punchlines are all but unmatched out there. He is so clever and doesn’t get the credit he deserves. He is definitely one of the ones keeping the New York sound alive. Both MCs go back and forth throughout this entire project and both utterly destroy the mic. You will definitely not be disappointed on the lyrical side of this project. The beats are pretty decent throughout. The Heatmakerz do a decent job. You won’t get the sound of the old Diplomats, but you get quality nonetheless. It would have been nice to maybe hear a track like how they used to do them, but I wasn’t mad at the beats at all. The standout track has to be “Outstanding” which samples the eternal hit by the Gap Band. This is a perfect creation if I have ever heard one. They sound fantastic over this summertime beat. You gotta cop this one quick because this is MC perfection.