Apologies for the lateness of this review - I've been intending to do this for time but I've just been too busy. However, there has been an advantage in not being able to review the CD straight away because I've been able to give it a bit more time, and I must admit the mixtape has grown on me.
The 'Peng Food' is being cooked up by various up-and-comers as well as more established artists, including Macksta, Clip Man, LayZ, Double S, Skitz Kid, Cookie, Chipmunk and Black The Ripper. That's not even all of them, so with that in mind it would have been very difficult for this to have been an exceptional CD - there's no room for an artist to develop his own ideas musically, and every MC has to be given an opportunity to touch mic and spray their 16.
The mixtape, despite being a project for Alwayz Recordings and featuring their upcoming talent, is mainly being distributed artistically under Frisco's name. This is fitting; Frisco leads from the front and shines, despite having to accomodate other artists. In fact, 'accomodate' is a bit harsh - there are certainly talented MCs on this CD that can hold their own. The Maniac-produced Raising Levels with Macksta is just one example, along with features from Chipmunk and Double S on the most publicised single, Skengman Mode. Yet Fris , and his solo-efforts on Ages Ago and Lyrical Skeng are two of the best tracks.
The beats are generally good, even though there are some older ones on there, such as the Maniac-produced Raising Levels and 4's, 8's and 16's. 'Peng Food' has some topboy producco on it, including productions by Wiley, Bless Beats, and Sem. There is also some experimentation on there as well, mostly in the song Rock n Barz which is actually a banger.
The CD is decent musically, but I was impressed with the way it has been put together as well. The artwork is good, and the case looked very presentable, especially in relation to other grime CDs. Its not as important as the music, but it can be easy to overlook this aspect in the overall package of an end-product, and it makes it seem more professional which can only be a good thing.
Generally I would say the CD is worth the money. There might not be any spectacular tunes, but with good songs including Rhymetime Recordings, Skengman Mode, Rock n Barz and more, there's more than enough here to enjoy. Go cop it.