“Album pushbacks and bad business // good weed sacks and bad bitches (diversions).” It had been two years since the release of Whygee’s I Need $$ — the dope Qknox-produced full-length from 2012 — so to say anticipation for this collabo had been building is an understatement. There’d been teasing flashes of brilliance along the way: for example, “Whype Your Feet,” the crisp MC Big House track featuring Whygee and Gypdahip that dropped last fall. The prospect of an entire WhyGyp record dangled like visions of an oasis on the horizon. Except this one didn’t turn out to be another mouthful of sand. It’s the kind of album you can really listen to more than once without skipping tracks — the kind of album you should listen to front to back because it builds on itself from beginning to end — the kind of album that doesn’t give a shit about anything but being dope.
Gyp’s deep crates and deft chopping provide the perfect backdrop for Whygee’s unflappable flows. It takes multiple listens to unravel the layers of meaning in some of his tightly constructed lines. The veteran MC ruminates on the state of the world, from the proliferation of lying rappers to a search for meaning, smoking weed and the changing role of technology. And while it’s easy to get caught up in the rhymes, doing so is at the expense of Gyp’s production. “Dark Passenger” is moody and cinematic, “BCBM” sounds like a b-side off Rawkus’s Soundbombing II, and when the sax drops at 1:04 into “Henny Hendrix” it’s a revelation of funkiness. The beats pay homage to tradition, but aren’t afraid to innovate. “You Don’t Got the Answers” into “Forgive Us” is a killer transition. The first roughs you up and the second smooths it all out.