Elcamino Reunites Over 38 Spesh Production for “Martyr’s Prayer II” (EP Review)

Buffalo emcee & singer Elcamino back with his 15th EP. Blowing up in 2017 off his self-titled EP with Griselda Records, his profile increasingly grew after being followed up by Walking on Water mixtape in the summer of 2018 gradually building up a solid discography for himself along the way. But coming off a well received Black Soprano Family Records debut They Spit on Jesus earlier this month, Camino’s gonna keep it rolling by linking back up with 38 Spesh for a Martyr’s Prayer sequel.

“Streets Don’t Love Us” is minimally-produced opener explaining to everyone why he feels that the streets really don’t have love for him & his crew at all whereas “You Made It” gives off a warmer boom bap groove to it talking about celebrating success. “Kill Switch” delves further into his hardcore bag detailing that the best way to kill ‘em is by fucking their while “Weighing Options” somberly talks about another body dropping with each day. “Dope Talk” obviously spits that drug shit over some pianos & “No Drums” happens to be an appropriately drumless closer discussing his acquired tastes.

As much as I still like They Spit on Jesus for a B$F debut, Camino’s never missed over Spesh beats & it really doesn’t come as a surprise to me that I would view Martyr’s Prayer II as the best 2023 offering in the Buffalo recording artist’s discography. Spesh’s production is a slight cut above what we heard from Elcamino’s latest LP at the beginning of the month & the dude has some of his strongest performances in a while.

Score: 8/10

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