Eightball And MJG, Space Age 4 Eva

Jon Caramanica

By Jon Caramanica

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The brash and nasty sound of the south

On Top Of The World, the duo's second album, was brash and nasty, from the distorted-perspective album art to "Space Age Pimpin'," a slow-jam seduction that, on this fifth album, became a full-blown concept, at least in title. Truth is, this is one of the duo's most aggressive and musically vivid albums. "Buck Bounce" has one of the great Southern rap beats of all-time, a series of hollow cracks and pops that sound like they could have been pulled from a minimal techno — or maybe a sound art — record. And songs like "Collard Greens" and "Pimp Hard" show that, almost a decade after their debut, the prides of Orange mound, Tennessee, were as vicious as ever. Additionally, this was the first major-label album also issued in an official chopped-and-screwed version.