Nearly four years and a number of solo projects later, Detroitâ€™s Clear Soul Forces are back with their most impressive release to date. Still is what happens when four proven artists continue to hone their craft and find their collective flow. At 11 tracks deep, this album eschews trends and instead provides timeless, straight-up dope Hip-Hop.
Speaking on why Still sounds so organic and cohesively produced, group member Noveliss says, â€œEveryoneâ€™s growth has made the creative process easier.â€ He adds that CSF may have been a team before, but each member had to prove himself individually. â€œNow, we and the world know whatâ€™s up, and itâ€™s all about bouncing off each other and being a unit on every song.â€
That sense of true teamwork and partnership is heard and felt on each track, from the neck-snapping opening track â€œBlaow (feat. DJ Odilon)â€ through to album closer â€œDonâ€™t Stopâ€ that serves up a wild burner-to-banger beat-switch. Other instant highlights include â€œHit Me Now,â€ which Noveless says features â€œall of the random things that describe CSF,â€ and L.A.Z.â€™s favorite track â€œThey Shootinâ€™,â€ which is also the albumâ€™s lead single.
Those tracks, and the majority of the album, were produced by rapper-producer Ilajide, who complements his CSF brothers with beats primed for verses bursting with clever bravado, video game references, and head-spinning wordplay. Still is golden era Boom bap for the modern age, and itâ€™s delivered through a lens thatâ€™s wholly unique to CSF. Itâ€™s also one of integrity, because thereâ€™s no fluff or superficial window dressing hereâ€”simply some of the best hip-hop youâ€™ll hear this year.