If you’re a Sivion enthusiast, you will definitely remember a song he released into a video last year called “Real Talk”. Due to the strength of the song, he decided to have someone remix it. He placed that duty in the hands of Soulseize and he was able to get DJ Sean P, Jurny Big and muzeONE to create something close to a posse track. Personally, I wished these verses were a bit longer but I’m satisfied with what was released. The song can be downloaded for free, while supplies last.
We are closer to the release day for Scribbling Idiots’ Invitation Only album on Illect, in fact, we are only three days away from the moment of truth. I’ve been posting tracks for the last few weeks and this looks to be like one of the last to get the spotlight before March 11th so have a listen to “Victorius”, which also features Jurny Big, Manchine, Sojourn, Playdough, Cas Metah, and Red Cloud joining in. CD and cassette versions can be pre-ordered by heading to SphereOfHipHopStore.com.
Invitation Only (Illect) by Scribbling Idiots is only a few weeks from being heard in full, but they want for you to hear and have a slice now. As is customary with friends both old and new, the Idiots want to “Pass It” to you, but make sure you also pass it around to reddie Bruno, JustMe, muzeONE, Jurny Big, Griffin, and EF Cuttin, all of whom appear in this track. You may pre-order Invitation Only below from Amazon.
With Jurny Big on the mic and Peace 586, The Battery show what they’re about with their style of Christian hip-hop on their new album, Two (Illect). While I do not have any religious affiliation, I enjoy a wide range of styles of hip-hop, including religious/spiritual hip-hop, and when those references are made, that generally means Christian. However, don’t let that be a stereotype and clog your head so that you’re not going to listen. These guys are on the positive side of things and I think with a lot of music being passed off as “music”, it’s nice to hear messages that will motivate people to keep themselves on track and say on the up and up.
I only found one song to go a bit overboard for me, and it’s “Glass”, which is arguably the most positive song on the album. I found the repetition of some of the lyrics getting to the point where it comes off like a mantra. The funny thing is, I love mantras or repetition when it is used in other genres, be it jazz, minimalism, soul, Indian classical, or even a different type of devotional music like Qawwali. This is devotional hip-hop, and yet I found this particular song to be a bit forced, as if it’s trying to convey a message that has no alternate answers or choices, and yet I could easily see their fans saying “well, that is the point of the song, there are no alternate answers or choices”. When I hear artists like Sivion, Braille, or Ruslan, I don’t get that feeling where I feel like I’m being pushed in a corner just because I’m listening, I don’t want music to feel like a threat and it’s something I rarely feel. Is that the power of the almighty word? I understood what Jurny Big was trying to say, but it seemed a bit too much for me.
The rest of the album is well balanced, and the production has that mid to late 90’s feel where the choruses are scratched excerpts from well known tracks, and with Rip One and Kair One assisting in the DJ’ing, they help The Battery charge up the aura of the music to where their “words” are a major contribution to what Two is about. I absolutely loved the track they did with Propaganda, “Finna Be”, and the use of The Fantastic Epic’s bassline is perfect. As for “Glass”, it’s not a bad song but as the saying goes, your mileage may vary. Embrace Two and see how it affects you.
This project by Sundance highlights some of the music he produced between 2009 to 2012, and if it seems that the hip-hop being pushed is just lame and flatline, you’re missing out on some of the varieties of hip-hop being made in that land called “elsewhere”, where Sundance seems to lounge around in from time to time. The album features tracks from some people you may already be familiar with, including Sivion, Theory Hazit, Mr. J. Medeiros, Lightheaded, and many more.
For those who prefer hard copy, a compact disc will be made available, but you can pre-order the CD by heading to Illect Recordings.