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Opium; pure dope in its rawest form. Its mind altering effects often puts its indulger in a state of euphoria and is the world’s most addictive substance. Sharing its namesake, as well as its powerful impact is Pottersfield’s freestyle fanatic, Opium The Hangman. Opium’s latest single, “Millennium Math”, is dope in its own right; for the song is layered with crafty punch lines and contains groundbreaking beats. Those elements, along with Opium’s lyrical dexterity make this track as potent as the powerful nectar that’s often extracted from Poppy plants.
Producer Joey Bags comes through with a speaker blowing instrumental that’s sure to keep heads nodding in unison. The opening string sample sets the tone for this solid musical presentation. The one-bar loop sequences layered throughout the song are reminiscent of The RZA’s debut production efforts. Thumping kick drums are perfectly complimented by staggering snares that seem to dance to the beat of their own drum (no pun intended).
Opium holds his own over this roaring instrumental, as he delivers simplistic but witty punch lines throughout the track. Here’s an example of Opium’s energetic lyrical ability as he spits: “What you know about juvenile thug life/Bang-outs, gunfights/Hip-Hop gave birth to a soul brother/G.W. Bush, he already saw me coming”. Although metaphors are not in abundance, his quick one-liners carry the lyrical load. Opium’s swag boasts his dominance and gives his form of rhythmical expression emphasis and solidarity. He annunciates his words with brute force, and compels listeners to yield to his commandingly orated passages.
Millennium Math is a solid track that meshes booming hardcore beats with stimulating rhymes. Packed with punch lines and vibrant flows, the combination of Opium and Joey Bags delivers classic underground music. Opium holds it down for his Pottersfield family and gives the listener a pleasurable offering which deserves to be in the rotation.