Macon Hamilton is one of the dopest lyricists in the South and also someone that I’m fortunate enough to consider a peer in this game. He’s always shown me love for my music and my grind, so I felt it was only right to give his project a thorough listen. Besides being a dope MC, Macon Hamilton also produced the majority of “In The Middle Between Golden”, which is admirable considering how diverse the production is on this album.
The album is complemented with voice-sample interludes from new-school mumble rappers like Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert with their infamous radio bits against traditional hip-hop. Hearing Yachty on the album intro say that “Rap Ain’t The Same No More” and “to suck it up” was almost haunting and gave me an unsettling feeling. The sheer indifference and dismissal towards the foundation and art of hip-hop is ever so prevalent in our generation, but thankfully Macon Hamilton did not make anything resembling said artist. He set off the album with “4’s Intro”, which interesting enough showed him utilizing a catchy trap flow and showing how to do it right with substance and clarity.
“Raps is trifle as the Street’s Disciple, in the booth trying to be like Michael.”
The majority of the album featured vintage-sounding laid-back beats, which set the foundation for Macon to spit poetic and skillful bars over. “Shaken Not Stirred” was jazzy and gave me an early OutKast vibe as Macon raps, “Raps is trifle as the Street’s Disciple, in the booth trying to be like Michael.”
Another standout song was “Smoke My Weed”, produced by Chinky P. Definitely a fan of the producer’s string arrangements and chord progressions, but not so much a fan of his producer name (since the first part is derived from a racial slur used against Asians). The hook is awesome too.
“When I’m gone don’t say RIP, ’cause ain’t no rest in me, just say MH forever.”
“Fire” lives up to its name and is one of my favorite cuts on this project. The beat is dark and menacing, and Macon aggressively attacks the track with tricky wordplay and thought-provoking lyricism. Other highlights include “One-Sided”, INMTHY, and MHForever, which features a memorable chorus: “When I’m gone don’t say RIP, ’cause ain’t no rest in me, just say MH forever.”
Overall, this project shows Macon Hamilton’s brilliance in lyricism, delivery, and production. My only quip with this album is the subpar mixing that takes away from the overall sound and makes me feel like I’m listening to unfinished versions at times. The volume level and clarity differ with each track. Having proper mixing and mastering would have definitely helped the overall quality of this album, in terms of replay value and presentation. Nonetheless, getting a solid engineer or a better recording set-up is a doable feat. Having talent and creativity however is something that is innate. And it surely is inherent in Macon Hamilton, who shows how versatile and multi-talented he is with In The Middle Between Golden: https://therealtredc.bandcamp.com/album/in-the-middle-between-golden