Cormega - "Street Essence"
(Most Interesting Man Alive; 2012)
Despite J-Love going above and beyond the orbit of false advertising by titling a mixtape largely comprised of his own rapping Most Interesting Man Alive, the bloated project is worth seeking out if only for a handful of notable guest appearances. 'Street Essence' has all the hallmarks of a vintage Cormega performance – excessive punch-ins, narcotic personification, discerning NBA metaphors, and perhaps most importantly genuinely vengeful overtones. Cory's previous full-length effort, Born and Raised, was the first instance he failed to convincingly embody a victim of treason and betrayal. Mega has a long way to go before making amends for toying with the idea of forming a streetwise adaptation of Slaughterhouse, but this is certainly a promising start.