3rd Underworld offering of new and remixed beats and rhymes from Chicago underground hip hop duo Mass Hysteria. Welcome to their world!
With Chicago Underworld Volume 3, the City of Wind continues its current rep as a breeding ground for promising hip hop emcees and progressive producers. The rapper/producer duo of Mike Trease and Gee-Field released their third installment of the remixed compilation series, a versatile mix of 27 crafty remixes, originals, and rare joints featuring some of Chicago’s finest rappers -- Common, Kayne West and Lupe Fiasco and Rhymefest -- with a few nods to a handful of the city’s still underground emcees like Long Shot and No ID. Trease and Field rattle off their own slick rhymes over equally crisp production, creating a bangin’ house party of head-nodding old school scratching and big beats anchored by fresh R&B, soul and blues samples. I can forgive the minor moments of gangster clichés, especially that silly intro, because Volume 3 bumps and glides so well, it was hard to settle myself down long enough and type this review.