On "Preachin' Some Tight Game" and "Working Girls," Gritness runs wild with his keyboard, and he's at his best on these tracks. Next to them, "Fly Shit" feels undercooked and superfluous. Gritness really goes for it on "Working Girls": as it approaches a crescendo, at least three instruments jam in unison, held by a loop on the verge of bursting. It could easily have become a mess, but Gritness never gets carried away with his virtuosic performances.
The Sugar Cane Chronicles Vol. 1 draws from the same pool of ideas, but Gritness mixes things up on "Stayin' Strong Hand." Its pensive top notes help balance an otherwise sweet record.