Clear Soul Forces - ForcesWithYou (Album)
Detroit Hip-Hop Collective Deliver Their Fifth & Final Studio LP
By: Fat Beats
It's fitting, of course, that they'd all put their foot into their last project and go out on a high note. But it's also the way they're doing that, with an incredibly cohesive listen. At a trim ten tracks, there's no bloat on ForcesWithYou. Instead, it's track after track of everything you'd want from CSF—four emcees straight spitting over neck-snapping beats from group member Ilajide, who handles production on eight tracks, with Radio Galaxy crafting the other two.
You can hear an urgency as soon as the opening cut "Gimmie the Mic" bangs out of your speakers. The funky, melodic Radio Galaxy production sets it off as all four members swap bars with a razor-sharp precision. And that vibe continues to the next song, "Bussaflow"—a pure banger produced by Ilajide and featuring scratches from Illadope—and never lets up through the closing track and lead single, "Chip$." We also have to shout out CSF's collective favorite cut, "Nine 5ive," a candidate for best rap track of the year.
That level of immaculate consistency runs not just through the album, but the group's entire career. And it stems from a desire to be leaders, much like the Star Wars characters (Jedi) referenced in the record's title. "I definitely feel like we played our role as leaders within hip-hop, representing a city like Detroit and not falling into the same pattern of making music that we saw so many people succumb to," says Emile V.
ForcesWithYou may be the culmination of CSF as a group, but it's certainly not the end. Expect to hear music from all four members in varying capacities, and as L.A.Z said, who knows, maybe they'll get together again. For now, it's time to celebrate with ForcesWithYou, dripping March 13, via Fat Beats Records.
01. Gimmie the Mic (prod. by Radio Galaxy)
02. Bussaflow feat. Illadope (prod. by Ilajide)
03. Chinese Funk (prod. by Ilajide)
04. Funky Enough (prod. bt Ilajide)
05. Like That (prod. by Ilajide)
06. Nine 5ive (prod. by Ilajide)
07. Watch Ya Mouth (feat. Radio Galaxy) [prod. by Radio Galaxy]
08. We Gets busy (prod. by Ilajide)
09. SS2 (prod. by Ilajide)
10. Chip$ (feat. DJ Meftah) [prod. by Ilajide]