Album review: Magnum by dialtone
With the year just starting there are many anticipated games being released this year. And If Magnum was a game, then it would surely be making an argument for best game of the year. And Dial Tone is proving that he is just the player to take you thru every mission. From the Intro track "NASA" Dial Tone provides the tunes for you vibe to while you select all of your gear from the start menu. The second track "Tom Selleck" is named after the famous actor (who is best known for his TV role as a private investigator in the show "Magnum") and has a minimalistic sound perfectly layered. You can tell that the mad scientists Papa (also a fellow District artist) cooked this this beat up in the lab just for Dial Tone.
Dial Tone ups the difficulty level on "Vietnam" by flexing his rapping skills and showing off his ability to have some of the most intricate bars by weaving in-and-out of the beat, rapping in an almost figure 8 style. "Ladies love thugs and my thugs love hip-hop. Thugs love ladies and ladies they love hip-hop." Continuing on the mission but a definite stand out track is "Cruising USA". Dial Tone brings a chill vibe reminiscent of playing your favorite track on GTA while crusisin thru the city in your favorite car without even hitting anything. And who could forget the popular arcade game Crusing USA. But he doesn't just stop there, Dial Tone cycles thru his weapons on "All We Had" while reminding everybody what he has in his arsenal. "Cars hella clean, city hella bad, Gave my girl a ring, love is all we had."
Sunset is the next to last track on the album, but it gives you the sense of the ending like the last level of the game. The level that you have been fighting for. The level of the final and last boss. And Dial Tone makes sure that he comes out with a fury of combos from the very first verse spittin'. "Steak and lobster, the crew mafia , mufassa, my nigga Papa, fuck the coppers. All I hear, is helicopters, my logic is, come with fire, they can’t deny ah, I put these bars in a humidifier."
Dial Tone proves that there is a co-op mode with some features most notably Steph Simon and Grand National on the track "Tone's Island". Steph Simon spits a crazy line. "More like plans and profit. Thinkin exotic lands. Where they don't even understand us, but they still love our stanzas". Also back to level 2, Papa proves on "Tom Selleck" that he's not only a mad scientist but he can also do his own damage.
Magnum is the game changer that will prove that Dial Tone has leveled up and is spittin bars at a difficulty level of expert. From the production, to the features, to the verses, Magnum is showing that Tulsa ain't just a one player takes all town, but that the list of Tulsa rappers looking to win this rap game is far from novice. So pick up the album and watch Dial Tone do his thang.
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