Iron Workers Guild (or IWG) is a network of nine Midwest rappers and producers who are unapologetically politically opinionated. Their new album, Behind the Iron Curtain
, takes aim at just about anything that can be rallied against. From diatribes detailing "Devilish government" to warnings about the shady plots initiated by the Vatican, IWG aim wide. It's refreshing to hear rappers speak on pertinent and historical issues, but after over 20 tracks of such heavy-handed material, it starts to blend together. The beats feature detailed arrangements from some soulful crate diggers, even though slow tempos tend to make the music drag for spells. Overall, though, it's a solid and consistent recording.