The L.A. hip-hop duo Self Scientific, composed of MC Chace Infinite and DJ Khalil, has been widely praised as a breath of fresh air from the relentless materialism that dominates hip-hops mainstream. Unfortunately, Chace Infinites conscious stylings veer into endless moralizing that is just as tiresome as the endless bling-blinging that it speaks out against. This is not to say that Chace lacks skills on the mic; on the contrary, his wordplay is sharp and his straight-ahead delivery, similar to Kurupts, is dope as well. Its just that any rapper who compares himself to the archangel Gibreel / from Genesis / resurrected in man / writin rhymes to teach ministers, as Chace does on The Long Run, is probably taking himself a bit too seriously. In spite of this, The Self Science remains a good album, thanks in large part to Khalil, whose production work is like a cross between that of Havoc (Mobb Deep) and DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill), as his beats deftly combine driving snares and live strings. Unfortunately, Chace Infinites preaching makes The Self Science an album best taken in small doses.