“I’m not saying I’m gonna rule the world or I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee you that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”
One of the many memorable quotables 2pac provided over the years is appropriately sampled on Tef Poe’s new album War Machine 2. Poe is a proud disciple of Pac and, if he himself doesn’t possess the world-changing brain of which Shakur spoke, he is doing the best he can to provide that spark for another. He sprinkles consciousness into his street anthems and aggression into his political tracks, creating a project full of both knowledge and humanity, similar to the M.O. of the aforementioned West Coast legend.
Royce da 5’9, Killer Mike, I-20 and Rockwell Knuckles, among others, appear alongside Tef to add extra explosiveness to the proceedings, and the musical backdrop is an ensemble affair with a host of St Louis producers on the boards including Trifeckta, Basement Beats and Tech Supreme providing range and energy to give plenty of space for Tef to edutain as DJ Smallz and DJ Shure Fire handle the hosting. Balanced content, evolved lyrics and flows and dope beats collide throughout War Machine 2, and the second verse of “Psychoanalysis” opens with bars that pretty well give an overview of the entire mixtape, spitting “Welcome to the inner conscious of a Black male–Reaganomics, genocide, crack sales.” Sample the goods by viewing the video for the single “Work” and then check out the whole tape.