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Atlanada 2

From the out­side look­ing in, At­lanta and

Toronto couldn’t be any more dif­fer­ent. The cul­tures, city rhythms and dis­tance all point to a less-than-likely bond, but when you add hip-hop cul­ture, specif­i­cally its mu­sic, they look more like fra­ter­nal twins. Rap group CMDWN, made up of Toronto-raised Fiji and At­lanta-bred Ca$tro Guapo, would come to re­al­ize this in 2016 with the re­lease of their Atlanada mixape, and two years later, they’ve re­turned.

Stretch­ing across 14 songs, Atlanada 2 serves as a bridge be­tween the in­spi­ra­tions and sounds of both artists, which shows heav­ily in pro­duc­tion and fea­tures. The bulk of the bass-y, synth-heavy al­bum comes at the hands of pro­duc­ers 1K and Dnny Ph­ntm, both of whom have a knack for bring­ing the best out of the rap­pers in­di­vid­u­ally, as well as to­gether. While Ca$tro uses Dnny Ph­ntm as his se­cret weapon on melodic-led sin­gles like “Hit & Run” and “WTF Is That,” and even the Wonda-Gurl-as­sisted “Die in Supreme,” Fiji comes alive over darker 1K pro­duc­tion on “Paul Walker” and “Ber­muda.” The essence of this al­bum is col­lab­o­ra­tion, which re­sults in fea­tures from Toronto artists Killy, Pressa and Lil Berete, and Amer­i­can artists KEY!, Lil Wop, Nessly and Chief Keef. For in­stance, where Chief Keef’s cut “Rox­anne” is a quick-spit­ting record, the Lil Berete-fea­tur­ing “Bool” slows things down for one of the few in­tro­spec­tive songs on the al­bum. Maybe it’s not a lyri­cal mas­ter­piece, but Atlanada 2 is the sponge soak­ing up the dif­fer­ent sounds of two re­gions, re­sult­ing in a project that flows as ef­fort­lessly as Lake On­tario or the Chat­ta­hoochee River. (eOne)

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