Cuisine has served as a unifying theme of numerous rap albums throughout the years. Brooklyn MC ScienZe has delivered his entry in the canon with the Good Food album released yesterday. The 13-track project was recorded over the course of two years in Europe (while ScienZe was on tour) and in the States.
Good Food is an elegant interpretation of modern boom bap, with crisp drums, refined synths and clean samples at the core of the project. As evidenced by the opening prayer—written by ScienZe—the album looks to be a form of spiritual fulfillment for listeners, but to ScienZe’s credit his focused, intent lyrics aren’t the least bit preachy. It’s refreshing to hear an MC radiate positivity but still be honest enough to chastise those who “wanna feel entitled to the next man’s shit” (on “Prayer”) and convey his desires to “kick back and listen to Tribe” under the covers with the apple of his eye on “Love & Water”.
The album has several guests who all bring unique flairs to the proceedings. Chuwee matches ScienZe step-for-step on “Bon Appetit”, churning through the groovy, synth-driven beat and giving us the visual of “Cinnamon Toast Crunch bumping ‘SpottieOttieDopaliscious’.” Dope League MC/Producer Noah Bility’s autobiographical verse on “Crabs & Barrels” is another highlight of the project. Over a glowing vocal sample, Noah Bility proclaims “I made the globe my habitat cause anything I wanna do I seem to be a natural at.”
ScienZe is currently making the U.S. his habitat on the 24-city Everything Good Tour with members of his Dope League collective.
Good Food is currently available on ScienZe’s Bandcamp. You can stream it in full below.