The Hype: Here we go, the fifth installment of LMNO's 10-albums-in-2010 campaign–otherwise known as Push That Work. Testing his endurance midway through this project is something most of his fans ought to be curious about at this point on his new release, Determined to Fly. Teaming up with Cincinnati's sample savvy producer /DJ/MC Theory Hazit, the Long Beach rhyme slinger doesn't plan on folding his wings anytime soon. He did save himself a flight to Ohio, opting to continue trading beats and verses via Internet instead, hoping to find old-school chemistry using 21st century tools.
The Judgment: LMNO and Theory Hazit have never met face to face. It's not exactly a shocker when you hear some of the disconnected lyrical brush strokes on their recent collaboration, Determined to Fly. Despite their connection through the bonds of audio file sharing, the early rhymes on the album don't seem to share a common theme or chemistry. Showcasing a minimalist, loop-driven backdrop of underground beats, album opener “Time to Run” really does sound like two dudes blindly spitting verses at one another. The result on most of the album is a track list filled with some impressive freestyles, but few actual songs.