In case you missed Pumpkinhead’s other releases, the first thing you should know is this dude is a raw MC. Period. He’s aggressive, full of powerful punchlines, and ready for a lyrical throwdown at any time. His Achilles heel, however, is his taste in beats. Not that the production is terrible, but lazy and cluttered tracks like “Pumpin (Pause!!!)” don’t do justice to Pump’s potent flow. With the proper tracks behind him, Pumpkinhead could be like an estranged member of the Beatnuts: funky, rough, rugged, and combative. But even if he’s not an Intoxicated Demon, he’s still a dope rhymer who deserves a spot in your rotation.