New York City-based rapper/producer, Deca knows the key to presenting Smoking Gun. He does it in a way that's both refreshing and new, but never isolating or simply too oddball. There's a left-field quality to his work, but Deca knows exactly what he's doing.
- 1 Smoking Gun (Intro)
- 2 St. America (Feat. DJ Stan Solo)
- 3 Tuning
- 4 Blight
- 5 Flight Path (Feat. Ichiban, DJ Awhat!)
- 6 Hive of Industry
- 7 Crab Apples
- 8 Shelter (Feat. Blu)
- 9 Tunnel Under
- 10 Dawn Wind (Feat. Homeboy Sandman)
- 11 War Heads
- 12 The Eagle's Descent
To prove that point, he enlisted fellow outside-the-box thinkers like Blu and Homeboy Sandman to appear on some of the album's standout cuts. "Shelter," which features Blu, is a jazzy, dusty piece of thoughtful hip-hop with crazy flows and lyrics to match. It's so good you'll wish these two would record an entire project together, and the same goes for Boy Sand's appearance on "Dawn Wind." Backed by Deca's own low-key funky production, both he and Homeboy Sandman go verse for verse, each offering their own take on how to liberate yourself from the machine that aims to surveil and control both our outer world and inner peace. Other tracks embody a similar energy, including the justifiably cynical "St. America (feat. DJ Stan Solo)" and stunning "Tuning." The latter track may just be the most impressive piece on Smoking Gun, thanks in part to the mind-melting beat-switch. It's a thrilling musical journey that furthers Deca's narrative about mankind's ethical plight, and the problems we collectively face.