Producer and composer hailing from Marietta, Georgia, AGDYNASTY delivers a posse cut titled ‘Samurai Jack Remix’ with rappers De Oro, JD Genius, Manje Khan, T. Mason, Kay Dubb, and Woop. For those unfamiliar with Samurai Jack, it’s an animated series about a samurai being sent into a dystopian future by an evil wizard by the name of Aku. Jack has to return to the past to undo any destruction that the wizard would be capable of.
The highlights of this ethereal and cerebral track instrumentally are some throwback and cinematic horns, trap percussion, bass drum, and what I assume to be is a harp in the back of the mix.
Of all the rappers on here, Kay Dubb stood out the most for all the right reasons. I love the lightly distorted vocals on his voice and the sample of a sword coming out of its case. With only eight bars given, he made the most out of them by showing his lyrical versatility by switching from a slow-paced flow to a slightly faster flow and rhyming more than the casual two times in the first four bars of his verse. Not to mention his lyrics held weight as well. I also liked T. Mason’s verse because it was to the point about his aspirations of chasing better and avoiding anything that he would deem a distraction.
If I had any gripes with the track, one would be that the track overstays its welcome. For every rap verse, there is a four-bar instrumental. Constructively, the track would be better off having the two rappers say their verse, add the hook, add the next two verses, add the hook, and finally add the last two verses. This suggestion should make the track a little more engaging. Another gripe I would add is that I wish that the bass that was on the first eight seconds of the song would have been incorporated into the rest of the track somehow because it gave such so much suspense for what was coming next. Perhaps it could have replaced the four-bar instrumental in between the verses to build suspense right before one of the rappers starts their verse.
If I had to select an artist or artists that this song reminds me of concept-wise, it would be Czarface. Not because of their boom-bap instrumentation but because of their obsession with comic books and action animated shows.
Overall, it’s an okay track. If you like anything on Toonami and Wu-Tang Clan then maybe this track is for you. It could use some improvement. Maybe we will see that on his next track because at this point I only see AGDYNASTY advancing his sound from here.