Fish Outta Water
For those of you saddened by the break-up of Jurassic 5, you can rejoice because Chali 2na has re-emerged with his debut solo album, and it’s easily as good as any of his former group’s records. Chali 2na, the â€œfriendly neighborhood baritone,â€ is perhaps the most recognizable voice of J5, and on his debut he largely plays to his strengths. On â€œComin’ Thruâ€ Chali bounces between singing and rapping over a guitar-based funk beat reminiscent of classic J5. The album makes a slight misstep with â€œSo Crazy,â€ which features what sounds like an attempt at a trendy snap beat. With diverse production and great guest spots from Talib Kweli, Anthony Hamilton, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley, Fish Outta Water succeeds and makes for a rewarding, multi-dimensional listen from front to back.