Ohio representatives, emcee G. Huff and beatsmith Vice Souletric Beats combine forces for their digital release, Where Do We Go From Here? Vice’s production style is straight from the post-Blueprint/Supreme Clientele era, with a slew of soul samples combined with hard drum patterns. Huff’s style also sounds like it came from a time where G-Unit and Roc-a-Fella ruled hip hop.
Vice is clearly the star on Where Do We Go From Here? with his top notch instrumentals that will remind listeners of a young Just Blaze. Unfortunately, G. Huff’s limited lyrical abilities do little engage the listener, as he stumbles over many hip hop clichés including: violence (“Gunz and Butta” and “100 of Us”), sex (“Formulate the Plan” and “The Plan Pt. 2”), haters (“Sideline Hating”), and even a corny phone call skit (“Phone Call”). It’s one thing to lack any sort of creativity or originality, but technique-wise Huff brings little to the table with a solid, but unimaginative flow, little word play, lazy rhyme schemes and bad hooks.
Where Do We Go From Here? does have a few compelling moments. The album’s opener boasts one of Vice’s beats, and Huff delivers one of his best performances. And “Pure Genius” boasts Huff’s best hook, and while he is out-rapped by guests Reks and Buff1, he still offers a pretty solid verse. In an era where samples are often replaced with synths and 808s and any sort of “gangster rap” is nearly non-existent, Huff and Vice can have a place in hip hop.