September 25, 2007
Since moving to Lawrence in 2000, rapper Isaac Diehl-a.k.a. iD-has been releasing albums at a prolific clip under various guises: Archetype, The Find, iD & Sleeper, Rain Closet and Lost Cats. With his hands dipped in so many honey pots, the fecund lyricist saw fit to assemble an odds-and-ends collection that offers a wide-angle view of his cluttered consciousness. "Avatar Hotel" boasts producers such as Ming & FS, Sleeper and Miles Bonny crafting left-of-center beats with ripe musical concepts for iD to riff on. Despite its low-key introduction as a handmade self-release, the 19-song album is among the best stuff we've heard this year-local or not, hip-hop or otherwise.