XP the Marxman & SlideBeatz – “Sincere Leader, Pt. 2” (Album Review)

This is the brand new album from Los Angeles emcee XP the Marxman. Coming up as 1/3 of the trio Rhyme Addicts, he would eventually branch out for a solo career & has released a handful of projects since with the most recent one being Keep Firing entirely produced by Roc Marciano. But to it keep the wave going, XP is now teaming up with SlideBeatz for Sincere Leader 2.

Things kick off with “Sink or Swim”, where XP pretty much talks about the titular idiom over a slick boom bap beat. The next track “Casa Malca” fittingly talks about how he feels like Pablo Escobar over a lounging instrumental while the song “Riviera Chum” is about staying true to himself on top of a violin loop. The track “Santana’s Cubavera” speaks on wanting to live a peaceful life over an electric guitar lead while the song “Toys for Tots” talks about staying on top over a ghoulish beat.

The track “Bruja” vividly paints a picture of this woman over a bleak instrumental while the song “Bullet Train” with Ren Thomas & Supreme Cerebral sees the 3 talking about wanting their flowers while they’re still alive over an angelic boom bap beat. The track “Evolution” looks back at his past over a gorgeous soul sample while “Wu-Babies” is easily one of the best songs XP has ever made as it’s filled with incredible wordplay revolving around the almighty Wu-Tang Clan. The penultimate track “Already” with Daniel Son sees the 2 talking about fam switching over a boom bap/rock fusion & then the album finishes with “Final Hour”, where XP & Thrash Thorn get on the conscious tip over a spacious beat.

This dude’s been a roll throughout 2020 & Sincere Leader 2 is definitely no exception. XP the Marxman’s lyricism has only gotten better with time & SlideBeatz’ production is just as much of a good fit as the first Sincere Leader.

Score: 7/10