Reviewed by Christopher Coletti, Fri., April 26, 2002
Tee DoubleDub-Plates (Kinetic Marketing) Tee Double has been on the Austin hip-hop scene for years, representing hard for this city as a Hip Hop Humpday MC and on his biannual album installments. One of the few local MCs to consistently produce and rhyme available quality music, Tee further utilizes his indie status with Dub-Plates, a jazzy, personal recollection of his life as an Austin MC, which comes less than a year after his last release, 8th Principle. While most artists and record labels prefer to wait for that blockbuster album full of radio friendly jams, Tee's focus is on the constant elevation of his art form. On Dub-Plates, Tee continues to fill tracks with a great production of beats, balancing the mood between relaxed downtime and the occasional hard-driven, high-energy instrumentation. He even plays composer to musicians like H3 saxophonist Andre Van Buren and a few DJs, who add live instrumental accent throughout. As an MC, Tee stands alone, improving his flow by slowing down his delivery, while maintaining his snap punchlines and reserving the position as sole narrator. Like reading correspondence between loved ones, Tee drifts into very personal frames of mind that come directly from his heart. Through clear lyrical statements, he creates a one-on-one relationship with the listener based on who he really is, take it or leave it. As Tee sums it up, on the final hook, "These are Dub-Plates, this is my life."