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Prof's feel-good rhymes in 'Liability' attract fans of cleaned up hip-hop

To help kick off the twenty year anniversary of Rhymesayers Entertainment, they just released an LP by their new artist, Prof. Prof (Jake Anderson), a Minneapolis native from Stophouse Music Group, joined the Rhymesayers camp in 2013, and his first album with the label, Liability, is his fourth full length studio project to date. Released Oct. 16, Liability is a quagmire of sorts. Safe in regards to mostly PC content of a suburban middle class nature yet befuddled with passé, bipolar self-expression made popular by Eminem (and other mentally complex white rappers that came after him), Liability has a neutral tone but with used markings exacerbated by the fact that Prof does have some of those Marshall Mathers stereotypes: he's white, he raps and he's zany. The consolation is that unlike Em, he's nonviolent, not profane nor critical of popular feminine attitudes.

While it's way too easy to draw comparisons to the obvious, comparisons made that much easier by Liability's lowbrow, crazy and busy cover art, it is much smarter to take the challenging route and focus on Prof's unique, original traits. He's mainly focused on light, goofball rhymes and scenarios, sex, braggadocio and a little nostalgia. He's not afraid to get rowdy, party and talk up his love for making love though he hardly tunnels into his more personal, intimate affairs, to the point where real honest self-deprecation is virtually out of the question. In a few cuts, Prof more or less chooses not to rap at all but in them can be found his best messages, particularly in "Permission" for example, where he celebrates his right to make decisions for himself. Truthfully, his rhyme game is up to par and a little higher, and just like a lot of multitalented, multitasking hip-hoppers these days, Prof exercises his singing chops much, adding to the album's general mellifluousness.

Yes it's dangerously taboo and a bit of a cop-out to compare Prof to Mathers (see first paragraph), but right off the top of anyone's head, the resemblance is not hard to see and there are few other similar personas in the game outside of Slug, Macklemore and the artists of the nerdcore sub-genre. Liability is sweet, but there are few take-home messages outside of "Permission" and Prof's regularly occurring promotion of love. The beats are danceable and electronic, and the guests (Tech N9ne, Petey Pablo and Waka Flocka Flame) are added for taste but also for Prof to make clear what music genre he would like to be placed in. Prof remains a mostly accurate representer of hip-hop, a loyal practitioner of the art, a good enough ambassador for the culture and a respectable poetic tradesman, but a high purpose or meaning within his Liability album is hard to find. There is hardly any knowledge or wisdom to impart and no truly intellectually smart moments, i.e. zero sophistication.

From What I've Heard

With only hearing the first few tracks to be released so far it seems as this may shape up to be some of Profs best work yet. He's always been a beast but sometimes I felt like he played up the jokester aspect too much for my taste but so far it sounds like he's out for blood, which is what I've been waiting for from one of his albums, something to rival his stage show, which this album just might do. Preordered and ready to hear the rest.

A Midwest Hip Hop Institution

What else can I say that Gampo himself can't? By far one of the best albums to ever come out of RSE. This guy is the epitome of a lyrical genius. Pair that with beats from the likes of Ant and Big Chocolate... Its basically Viagra for your eardrums.


Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Co-owner of Stophouse Music Group and a regular on the Rhymesayers imprint, Prof is an MC and singer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He kicked off his career in a duo format with fellow MC Rahzwell, and in 2000, he joined the Rhymesayers family by hitting the road solo on the label's package tour, dubbed Welcome to Minnesota. He then formed the Stophouse Music Group with his manager, Mike Campbell, and issued his debut effort, Project Gampo, in 2007. The label released the follow-up, King Gampo, in...
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