There is no doubt that OH NO‘s escapade with the Alchemist as part of the Gangrene duo seems to have made him a bit “harder” in his sound. The Stones Throw family is very present on the new solo album called “Disruptive Ads” (out on Fat Beats), in the form of collaborations from MED, Declaime and Georgia Anne Muldrow. You can expect the same “soulful” sound but the drums are definitely harder. Reminiscent of the Detroit faction of the Stones Throw fam like Guilty Simpson or Frank N’ Dank.
In the tradition of the “Solo” producer record, Oh No produces all the beats and invites tons of quality guests. In addition to the aforementioned artists, Rapsody and Psalm One hold it down for the ladies and Tristate, Midaz, Roc C, Chali 2na, Souls of Mischief each make an appearance. Blu unites with MED for one his strongest outings ever and of course, Oh No treats himself to a vocal showing with the Alchemist on Rolling up.
That being said, this album is more about the beats than the lyrics. The Instrumental cuts are captivating like the weird mix of brass, 70’s synths and 8bit sounds on “Creepers”.