Digest This: The Chewable Glass EP (Review)
“Hip-hop is dead” is a lie. Hip-hop is alive and kickin'... It just moved to Michigan.
The same positive feels and and tenacious wordplay we’ve all grown to love over the years is developing a new sound-- one orchestrated by New York’s own & Detroit transplant, Quentin Ahmad Da God. Ahmad ushers in a new wave of lyrical hip-hop sound with his newest release, The Chewable Glass EP. Penetrating your ears with passionately tough bars and a rhyme style redolent of Styles P, this 10-track EP possesses the perfect mixture of carefully thought-out lyricism. I managed to get my hands on this masterpiece and had to see how the East Coast style translated to the good ol' Midwest. I was pleasantly surprised.
Opening the EP up with the first track, “Against The Wall,” Da God’s opening line is tenaciously intense and in-your-face pair of bars solidifying his presence: “Back against the wall whenever I feel it’s war, Nigga // Eye for an eye, it’s time we settle the score, Nigga.” These are serious bars from a no-games artist. From the first two bars all the way through the ending chorus, Ahmad makes it crystal clear that THIS Chewable Glass is going to be hard to digest. Going further, you come across tracks like “Brotha Samurai,” where Ahmad’s grandiose bars and gritty delivery carry him through a an amazing track saddened with sample of the popular show, Afro Samurai. With way too many quotable lines to mention just one, the samples of the popular anime series weave perfectly with cleverly crafted wordplay to make this one of the standout tracks on this EP.
Far from being a one-dimensional rapper, you run into tracks like “Busta Ish (Raw),” a track that loosely pay hometown homage to the wild style and creativity of Busta Rhymes-- which speaks to the diversity of Quentin Ahmad Da God. Riddled with an insanely rhythmic piano melody, Quentin pens stand-alone lines such as “Remember when I didn’t have much? // Focus is the cash and let that shit add up” and “Style funky as gym socks // This rhyme shit is mine and what-not,” to name a few. With a plot-twisting beat change nearing the end of the song, Ahmad’s flashy New York style is exemplified in full effect. You also have songs like “Traffic,” where Da God enlisted the lyrical help of fellow rapper Fat Ray for a tag-team style flow-- each artist grabbing the flow every 4 bars. It makes for an exciting experience and really sheds light on the Ahmad’s lyrical versatility. Finally, the EP ends with the soulful melodies of Lashay Harmony, singing the chorus to “We Don’t Care,” a track where Quentin Ahmad solidifies the song title’s message: “we don’t give a fuck about your feleings.”
This 10-track compilation in its entirety is a well thought-out assortment of talent, passion, lyricism and flavor for any music lover’s ear. The true-to-his-roots New York emcee is bringing his east coast style the midwest and blending the two perfectly. In a day and age where EPs and mixtape are full of throwaway tracks and garbage releases, Quentin Ahmad Da God blessed every track with grace and bled his soul into each lyric to create project that wills surely make his city as well as his hip-hop ancestors very proud. Make sure you support dope artists! It costs only $5!! You can cop The Chewable Glass EP --> HERE! Two thumbs up this way. We got a hit!
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