The Dugout return with “Take the Field,” full of personality and Steel Tipped Dove‘s beats of bliss. When you play that first track, “Them Again,” it is immediately clear that shit’s about to go off. Steel Tipped brings in some classic electric guitar, making it sound like Staff Ace, StarPower and Mercury are spitting in Vice City. Steel Tipped builds perfect foundations on the whole damn thing. The electronic chill shit on “Bag of Nickels” and “Lion for a Day” pairs well with the faster paced, staccato standout track “Horseradish.” The smooth “Love’s Intermission” is a radio ready showcase of the insane range of production and rapping present on “Take the Field.”
Speaking of range, “Bear Trap Universe (BTU)” is a hectic, eclectic track that proves The Dugout can practically rap over anything and sound way too comfortable. Steel Tipped Dove throws a variety of pitches on “Take the Field” and The Dugout sync up with every beat, embracing humor and generally having a good time with a clever, knowing wink. Personally I believe this is one of the best rap releases to come out in a while, and you’d be remiss if you don’t get to know every track.