While Berner's business acumen has led to many a lined pocket, his passion for music has never dimmed. Not long after dropping off The Big Pescado, the bud aficionado has emerged from a smoke cloud to drop off Rico. Luckily for scholars of the golden era, the project is lined with nostalgia-inducing guest appearances, including DJ Paul, DJ Quik, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, solo turns from Bizzy Bone & Krayzie Bone, Cam'Ron, Jim Jones, Wiz Khalifa, Styles P and more.
Berner holds his own alongside legendary company, laying down capable vocals over unanimously smooth production. Tracks like "In The Way" find Berner and Bone exchanging thoughts over a hypnotic banger, while the DJ Quik & Ty Dolla $ign collaboration brings back that West Coast summertime aesthetic. Overall, Rico is a welcome effort from the marijuana baron, who wears his Taylor Gang affiliation proudly. Peep this now, arguably best enjoyed with Berner's special bread.