On “Dynamite 2.0,” Voice Monet struggles to find the words that will bring serenity to her relationship, lamenting her inability to communicate. Her sing-song flow makes use of neo-soul sensibilities with hip hop bounce.
In standout cut “Snails” off their new album, Yobe, Delta the Butterfly and a great architect battle the Cosmos for an understanding of the human condition. Finding their pocket in the chaotic instrumentation reveals beautify in the universe’s natural anarchy.
The hypnotic stream of consciousness rapping make Antoine Sand stand out, but the changing flows and myriad of accompanying sounds of “Count on Me” leave an especially memorable impression. The ease of his flowing pen is the monologue of a poet with immeasurable hours of practice.
Emcee, performer and poet laureate Otis Mensah is existing for his art, and in a world that commodifies self-expression, that’s an act of resistance.
The very nature of “Pt222” is one of conflict, of being pulled in so many different directions by your emotions that it feels like you’re running in circles. Brwnsounds raps dynamically over shifting production that direct the song’s emotional range.
Sometimes we only gain the most fresh perspective by blasting away from the world. On “Clay Pigeons,” Deca waxes poetic about the machinations of the Earth from a view high above. He soars away from the world on spacey minimalistic production that leaves his words the last thing to hang onto.
“Fire” by GOK$ and Kenzo is a cinematic rap song with science fiction energy. The dynamic production launches the rapper’s verses into a sprawling adventure across worlds while the listener settles securely into his flow.
As the weather becomes colder and isolation more desired, art with the intention of spreading hope is welcomed as the battle against seasonal gloom begins. “Lift Me” is a plea from Critical Mischief for hope.
Mellow and drifting, Bolbito let’s the bars flow one after another, flowing through a river of memories — some good, some bad, sometimes peaceful waters, sometimes turbulent rapids. “Epiphany” is a poetic realization reflecting on the pain of the past but not letting it define the future.
This piece – a companion to Ryan’s interview with Chris Keys, available via In Search Of Sauce – puts a fine point on their far-reaching discussion that looks at origins, influence, evolution and the road to Innocent Country 2.