Rolling Stone - p.863.5 stars out of 5
-- "Buck 65's percussive funk and gruff flow serve language that deserves no less."
Uncut - p.863 stars out of 5
-- "Buck 65 returns to abstract hip hop, but injects it with shots of cool, psych jazz and '70s cinematic funk."
Alternative Press - p.1873.5 stars
our of 5 -- "Buck 65 is arguably the most innovative lyricist in hip-hop..."
"The lyricist is at his peak on the gun-slinging-standoff 'The Rebel' and its natural rival, 'Cop Shades.'"
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.47
"He has an old-school, organic hip-hop flavour, and instruments and lyrical sentiments..."
Q (Magazine) - p.1123 stars out of 5
-- "SITUATION finds him returning to his roots, growling out stories like a hip-hop Tom Waits..."
Personnel: Cadence Weapon (vocals); Charles Austin (guitar, bass guitar); Roy MacLaren (whistle); Andrew Gillis (harmonica); Paul Murphy (keyboards); Roger Swan (bass guitar); Dave Ewenson, Steve Harris (percussion); Joe Cobden, Joyce Saunders (vocals); David Myles (trumpet); Andrew Glencross (piano, keyboards, synthesizer).
Audio Mixer: Roger Swan.
Recording information: Echo Chamber Audio, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Editor: Graeme Campbell.
Buck 65 is a rapper from Nova Scotia who uses hip-hop as a starting point for his laid-back, low-pitched poetic flows. There is something about Buck 65's efforts that, while not "lo-fi," are certainly not following any current, excessive production trends. Tracks like "Dang" could even be construed as power-pop, albeit in an alternate universe where such music blended effortlessly with R&B.