The teaming of Buck 65 and Sixtoo’s “50/50 Where It Counts” is a landmark album when it comes to abstract experimentalism in hip-hop. Their production style is very reminiscent of Company Flow’s “Funcrusherplus” album; also released in 1997. The production is dark, murky, mysterious and alluring. Like “Funcrusherplus”, the elements are never pushed beyond the listeners comprehension. There is a conscious effort to keep the recording raw and minimal, yet jam-packed with interesting ideas and varied styles of approaching hip-hop. Their flows are completely original. Buck 65 can sound like a 12-year old boy or a 40-year old lung cancer inflicted cowboy, and everything in between. Sixtoo, although very monotone, brings a very unique style to the table. Both emcees flow with passion and soul; and they sound as hungry as they come.
There is a multitude of standout tracks on the album. It truly is a classic. Some fine examples of their legacy would be the building “Trust No One”, “Apocalypse Party”, and my favorite “Go Back”, among other cuts. There are also some more humorous cuts like “Punk Song”.
The overall feel of “50/50 Where It Counts” is intoxicating. Like much of their earlier works, it offers a very meditative feel. One could only complain about a lack of focus throughout the album, which may seem like a pro in some people’s eyes. There are just so many ideas (some say too many, including Buck 65 himself on his official web site), that it does require multiple listens. There’s no brainwashing involved, unlike some of Anticon’s newer releases. It’s immediately enthralling, and doesn’t let up until you realize that the Sebutones are one of the most slept-on collectives in underground hip-hop.