Rappers are especially skilled at saying things that aren’t so. In my travels as a hip-hop journalist, I’ve heard countless lies about everything from hustling and serving time to drinking Dom and sexing Mariah Carey. What’s even worse is how so many rap clowns hammer home their faux-points with exhausted clichés: “Nobody’s ever seen a grind like this;” “I’m a one-man movement, son;” and so on.
Such sorry behavior reflects poorly on such legit cliques as the Greater Good - a longstanding Boston crew that eschews the aforementioned bullshit. Currently boasting a roster that includes Amadeus, Speks, Lord Touch, Prone2, DJ Special Blend, Karas, and Jake the Snake, the collective can claim things like “The Bean’s been waiting on this album for a minute” without exaggerating.
As Good As It Gets - which hits streets at the group's Friday release party at the Middle East with Capone-N-Noreaga - has been in the works for roughly half-a-decade. In that time the squad has undergone some line-up shifts - and trudged through turbulence when members got temporarily incarcerated - but they stuck it out, and the resulting effort is the banging specimen that those who frequent street-heavy rap shows around the Bean expected.As Speks mentioned in a recent interview (video above), the new joints find the Good in great moments. They’ve had some banging efforts guest-starring on each others’ discs for a while, but tracks like “Calling Me” (free download below) finds them demonstrating one other quality that other rap groups only claim: stylistic diversity. Expect a serious spread at Friday night; in the meantime enjoy the track and video freestyles.
DOWNLOAD: The Greater Good (featuring Lisa Bello) - "Calling Me"