Hi-Tek: Hi-Teknology 3

December 6, 2007

hi_tek_3.jpgTony Cottrell is deadly…and he’s only getting better with time.

This latest album from Cottrell, better known as Hi-Tek, features his ever-progressing sound at a whole new level of maturity.   I knew about Hi-Tek from his work with Mos Def and Talib Kweli in Blackstar, but I really became intrigued with his work after hearing “Where It Started At” from his Hi-Teknology 2 album.  The song is amazing.  It combined unique melodies and dated samples in a way that only a truly gifted producer could mix them.  The result was a haunting track with hooks that are as catchy as they are original. 

As for his new work, Hi-Tek has further increased his legitimacy.  The album is full of creative tracks, but his track “My Piano” separates itself from the rest.  The song is magic.  Not only does it have support from Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Dion, but the hooks in the track exhibit Hi-Tek’s most effective creativity.  The sound is just haunting…there are no two ways about it.  Unfortunately for Hi-Tek, some of the tracks feature verses of fairly insignificant content.  To be honest, some of the lyricists have sacrificed content for an image.  But overall, the beats overshadow most of the weaker lyrical content of some of the songs.  [Two other songs of note are “God’s Plan” (featuring  Young Buck and Outlawz) and “Life To Me” (featuring Estelle).]  

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