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Spanspek Album Review: ESTO - Crudo

What's the word nerds!? I've been out of the game too long! So lets talk about the new collab from Dinuba/Reedley dudes ESTO!
ESTO (Esem & Nesto)

I love it when talented dudes get together to make some good ass shit.  And make no mistake, the long in the making team up from up and coming beatmaker Nesto and battle rapper/DOOM disciple Esem is some GOOD ASS SHIT.  It's legit a match made in heaven, chock full of expertly crafted dusty samples and verbal heat.  It's easily my favorite hip hop record of the year so far.

That shouldn't be a surprise though, given this blogs unending enthusiasm for all things Esem. The wordsmith continues to enliven his rhymes with comedic insights into weight loss, pseudo-alcoholism, and 90's nostalgia. He pulls influences from old school Nintendo games, Blink 182, and even the Strokes, from which he cribs a bit of "12:51" on the laconic "Julian Grasablancas".  On "Babble", he raps, "Beer bottle to the face, I'm under stress. The beer hotter than the space under my breast."  Come on folks, that shit is hilarious! And possibly deep? I don't know, but it's tight.

And speaking of "Babble", I cannot get enough of this song. It's been my Summer Jam of 2016 since it first came out, and that was late last year!  And for that I give thanks to Nesto's amazing production, which features fuzzed out guitar hooks, laid back rhythm, and random ass Galaga samples.  The track is straight steady stylin'.  Like I'm writing this while sitting in my pajamas and this track still makes me feel like a badass.  Same goes for songs like "Rocket Man' and "Young Money", in which Nesto cultivates sweet sounding old school cool that provides plenty of space for Esems irreverent drunken fist stylings.

I'm telling you folks, my one complaint is that the EP is only five songs long.  So let it be known: ESTO needs to get back in the studio to crank out some more hits cause the world needs more of this fire.
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