Hennessy Sessions, Vol. 1
Using a tried and true technique of mix tape-making, Sacramento’s the Covenant (Rock Burgundy and Bosse) combines their original production with beats from well-established artists. While only seven of the 21 songs sport totally original tracks, the originals certainly manage to hold their own. The result (even with sub-par mastering) is yet another push forward in the Neighborhood Watch dynasty. The Hennessy Sessions (mixed by DJ Flow) is all about laid-back flows spit over thick, dramatic beats. Standouts include “Sour Bars” and the uplifting chopped-up soul sample on “Take Your Love” with production by a talented Sohh.com contest winner. While the original production wins out, “I Get Dummy,” which utilizes 50 Cent’s “I Get Money” beat is not to be missed. Did we mention it’s free?