A hardworking San Francisco native son down with the ELEMNOP crew, Emassin has dropped seven solo albums in the last four years. This six-song EP (the follow-up to Purple Yam Cafe) pairs him with Deedot: one of the Bay's most consistently dope producers, known for his jazz-heavy, sample-rocking work with artists like Melina Jones and Paulie Rhyme. The result is a near-perfect mix of vivid storytelling and likable swagger, set to a half-dozen absurdly funked-out beats. Emassin's high-pitched delivery falls somewhere between a young Jay-Z (especially on "Mr. New One") and Prozack Turner, with a wily flow that takes unexpected twists and turns from track to track. He's backed by an abundance of soulful chops, distant saxophones, and deceptively simple drums. The romantically minded "Knee Deep" flaunts a sick bass line and big claps, while a clavinet steps out for "I'm Back." The laid-back piano and horn loop on "Cook It Up Good" will stick in your head for days. Criminally slept-on upon its 2009 release, this is a fantastic project from two of the Bay's nicest.