It’s always dope when we highlight new music that preserves the essence of what Hip Hop is all about. Last time we heard of Dox Black was with his 2021 album “Enigma”. In 2022 he is continuing his tradition of releasing an album every year, Dox Black delivers one of his most vigorous efforts to date with the “Chaos Theory” EP connecting with Madd Wizardry on the production.
Features on this project include Butch Swin, Boogz Davinchi, Dj True Justice, Mr Mental Case, Mic Ripz, ZEPS, XienHow, Bay area legend Equipto, and rising west coast lyricist XP The Marxman. The combination of True Justice, Equipto, and XP (one of our personal favs right now) on the same project goes to show how well acquainted Dox and Madd are with what real Hip Hop should be listening too, giving the listener multiple elements to enjoy. Some raw DJ’n mixed with old school and new school names is always a great recipe for a memorable listen.
“Immortalized” is a real highlight complimented by an official video release where Dox lets loose on his rhyme pattern not even taking a breath yet sounding so smooth on the beat. “Art of War”, the second track off the project gives a strong reminisce of some military style classic Baldhead Slick & da Click aka Guru reflecting back when Gangstarr related music was all I was listening to. Something about Madd’s style with these beats, I notice he makes neck breakers. “Chaos Theory”, “Salvador Dali”, and “Power” definitely make the cut for being those head knockers that earn the repeat on our playlist.
I will conclude that “Spontaneous Combustion” featuring XeinHow and XP is the track that serves as the cherry on the pie with a Lootpack feel. The way the song was mixed, the way Dox, Xein, and XP layed down there rhymes, and the catchy hook by Dox makes this song that classic off the project that we feel fans will dig through out time.
This 10-track “Chaos Theory” EP by Dox Black & Madd Wizardry earns a solid 8/10, defining what true boom bap should be sounding in 2022.