This is the 6th full-length album from Atlanta based emcee, producer & engineer Dillon. Coming up under the original moniker Intellekt, he would properly introduce himself in ‘07 with his debut mixtape Uncut & enlist Paten Locke for the debut Studies in Hunger a couple years later. Dillon would go on to follow this up with a sophomore effort Food Chain alongside On Their Way & The Tails of Lobsterdamus respectively, but is looking to come off the J57-produced ‘83 Kids by unearthing some Uncut Gems with Diamond D of D.I.T.C. behind the boards.
The title track is a smooth, luscious opener as he & Diamond declare the return of the prophet & the prince picking back up where they left off whereas “Pick Up the Pace” delves into jazzier turf encouraging everyone to begin moving/working faster with an energizing hook. “Comin’ Out Swingin’” featuring eLZhi continues to being in the jazz calling themselves the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world prior to “Turn the Heat Up” blends these kicks & snares with a bass guitar so dude can apply pressure lyrically.
“Pardon Our Dust” featuring Planet Asia & Ras Kass expands on the boom bap vibes of the predecessor swapping out the bass licks in favor of some pianos talking about some adjustments that’re required to be made leading into “Just Breathe” featuring Slimkid3 goes for a more synth-based direction reminding to simply take a breath whenever you’re feeling stressed. The song “Devil in a Blue Dress” pulls together a hi-hat & some horns talking about a deal he made while the penultimate track “Overtime” gives off a more old school sound trying to be the first one in & the first one out. “Permanent Scars” though closes the album in the for of a mellow boom bap talking about the exact impression left.
Considering that Black Tie Affair wound up being my favorite Dillon EP in the fall of 2017 & of course Diamond D’s verse on “Come Up”, it only makes sense for them reunite throughout Uncut Gems as the end results quite possibly make it the Full Plate Records founder’s strongest album yet. His pen-game is a cut above ’83 Kids as the production from the Diggin’ in the Crates co-founder slickly meshes some old & new aesthetics together. Physical t-shirt bundles are available exclusively via Bandcamp.