I-20 – The Amphetamine Manifesto 2
East Atlanta’s I-20 – also known as “The General”, is back with a follow up to his last well received mixtape “The Amphetamine Manifesto” – “The Amphetamine Manifesto 2″. I-20 is known for his years of loyalty, good music and hard work with Ludacris and the Disturbing The Peace label/crew. For his newest project, I-20 teams up with DJ Far and DJ Pain 1 to bring you an all original cohesive piece of work.
Here are the SOHH 5 Reasons to download ” The Amphetamine Manifesto 2.”
1. DTP O.G.
As a founding member of the Disturbing The Peace click, I-20 has always been a respected force. Fans remember him by the unmistakable baritone voice, hype energy and gritty bars. He dropped his first album “Self Explanatory” back in 2004 with the street anthem “Fightin’ In The Club”. He was a standout on the first DTP compilation “Golden Grain” and was a regular feature on early albums from Ludacris. Recently, I-20 has been moving more independently, dropping mixtapes every year since 2011. With over ten years in the game I-20 is still bringing it.
2. Soulful Sounds
The production on this project is very soulful. The self-proclaimed “Hip Hop Karl Malone“, I-20 delivers on this project. “The Amphetamine Manifesto 2″ is something laid back and a definite to ride to. The live organs and bass on “Northern Lights” are too trill and the fervid background singing adds so much flavor to the track produced by Dirty Dunnz. The melodic sounding “Live It Up” featuring a well respected vet in the game – Fiend, is another well produced cut with DJ Pain 1 behind the boards. It’s mellow laid back feel compliments the emcees verses smoothly.
3. Ill Flow
I-20 is an underrated lyricist without a doubt. He came into the game with a scene stealing verse on “Move B*tch” with Ludacris and Mystikal. When you have producers from the likes of Salaam Remi, The HeatMakerz, Red Spyda and BuckWild collab with you over the course of your career, it says a lot. I-20 has some tough bars throughout this release but how he’s spitting it is noteworthy. His flow on “Anyone” is serious.
“I just snap off and throw the nine in his mouth/
if I feel stressed/
I got no time to try to iron sh*t out/
if I feel pressed/
Cause you f*ckin’ with the dealer here see/
I’m spittin’ crack/
Ain’t no n*gga out here realer than me!/
That’s just a fact/
Cot d*mn that *ss is fat as can be/
I love these h*es/
Bend it over like a cavity search/
And touch them toes”
4. Don’t Sleep
Got to give proper recognition to DJ Far and DJ Pain 1 for their contribution on this project. California’s DJ Far has had some exclusive releases over the past few years (Lil’ Flip, J-Hood, Torch, Drag-On, Jag, Cyssero) and is one of the hardest working deejays on deck. Madison, Wisconsin native DJ Pain 1 has done all-star production with the likes of 50 Cent, Jim Jones, Young Jeezy, Public Enemy and so many more. He adds his fire on this release with “Lose My Cool”, “Live It Up”, “Southern Charm” and “We Deserve To Shine.”
Big Sant, who is one half of the group Alumni – which features fellow Mississippian artist Big K.R.I.T. makes an appearance on “Cold Blooded.” Fiend drops a nice verse on “Live It Up”. Production credits include DJ Pain 1, Dirty Dunnz, TrakkSoundz and Miles Loan.