Hi-Tek, Hi-teknology – Volume 2

Nate Patrin

By Nate Patrin

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
An accessible beat merchant harnesses a wide roster of guest MCs

Hi-Tek has proved to be one of the most accessible hip-hop producer of the past several years with his no-frills, easily-adaptable style, and Hi-Teknology 2 is more comfortable than groundbreaking — there's no radical stylistic shifts from its soul-stirred 2001 predecessor — but if it ain't broke, etc. While Tek's too gifted to be dismissed as a producer who's only as good as the people rhyming over his beats, it helps that he has a wide roster of MCs to draw from: longtime collaborator Talib Kweli tears up three of the tracks, there are turns from big-name vets (Nas) and touted up-and-comers (Papoose), and the East Coast (Jadakiss, Ghostface), West Coast (the Game), Midwest (Common) and South (Bun B, Devin the Dude) all get a chance to shine. It's so egalitarian that even members of Hi-Tek's immediate family show up to provide some slick old-school R&B instrumentation, and he kills a couple bars himself on the title track.