If you’ve been a fan of Rusty Redenbacher then you know of his work with Mudkids and all of his songs throughout the years. Rusty is getting in rock mode these days with The Last IV, sounding something close to Lenny Kravitz, Maggie’s Dream, and King’s X. Now hear him in a motif you should become familiar with in “Don’t You Shoot Me Down”.
I’ve been playing this album for awhile now, or at least I thought I was playing the album until I discovered that my collection of songs was different from the final track listing of the album. I even had some extra songs and one of the songs missing from my files was called, what else, “Missing”. After sequencing the album properly, I decided my review of Rusty Redenbacher’s Lower is overdue.
Redenbacher is one of the coolest MC’s around, dropping the kind of rhymes that are direct and to the point, and when he rhymes with serious messages, he cuts the bullshit and tells you off as if you’re in front of his face. There’s also a funny side to his rhymes, with the kind of comedic timing that comes off perfect, deliberately done perhaps to insure that you’re listening and paying attention, as a means to insure that the message will stay with you. The instrumentals range from the nice ol’ boom bap to psychedelic funk. He’s even added vocalizing in his tracks and as he shows in “Kindergarten/School”, he comes off like Reggie Watts back when he was with Maktub. I love the mixture of hip-hop, soul, and funk that he displays here, as if he borrowed the template of George Clinton’s Mothership and decided to become the new Starchild where everyone can’t avoid but tune in to his sound of the underground. When he mixes up Yes’ “Roundabout” with Kraftwerk’s “Tour De France” in “Roundabouthere (Rightaboutnow)”, one wishes his version of electro will become the next hit template for the next year.
Lower sounds like it comes from the mind bank of a radio DJ, or at least from someone with a genuine knowledge of the music he manipulates, rhymes and sings over. If the Redenbacher Mothership comes across my way, I definitely have to hop on for the party atmosphere he supplies here.
23 years ago, 3rd Bass offered a bit of words of wisdom that they said was harder than Chines arithmetic, but in truth it was not. It was simply logical. In 2012, we leave it up to dream weaver Rusty Redenbacher to tell everyone he wants a bank account that’s filled to the rim and beyond. Upon listening to the first verse of “Lemmigitpaid” you might think wait a minute, is this his way of trying to go a bit more mainstream lyrically and musically? It may come off a bit on the Snoop or E-40 side. However, when it comes to Redenbacher’s work, you have to dig a bit deeper to find the truth but he doesn’t make it difficult. He reveals the truth with the second verse and you understand why he created the song in the way he did.
The song is part of a 3-song single/EP he has just released, as a hint of more music to come. The EP contains a remix of “Lemmigitaid” plus the laid back and funky “Loopz”, where you may end up bowing down to the magic that comes through the speakers.
P.S. Is it me or does the cover look a bit Lennon-esque? Maybe it’s just me.
As Rusty Redenbacher said in the first verse, “one monkey don’t stop no show”, which can be flipped around a bit by saying “if no one is stopping you, why are you holding your own self back?” Oh, I need a psychiatrist for that one, but perhaps the answers are right in front of me/you, or as close as your speakers or headphones. The doctor is in and he’s getting fonkay, and he’s doing things himself, right down to the video which was shot using an iPhone. The next level is the now level.
“My soul in the fish bowl for all to see/You can’t say jack, I swim around so free” is a perfect way to describe what Rusty Redenbacher‘s mission is about in music and in life, and he says so in his brand new track, “Slim Get Fonkay (Slim Gon Tell It)”. Three days after posting my review of his album The Tinkerer, Redenbacher now has a double album on its way called Lower, and “Slim Get Fonkay” is the first hit of sound. Very curious to hear what the full album will sound like.
While I follow the man on Twitter and he’s always saying something interesting, I somehow forgot to place the new video by Rusty Redenbacher on my site, so here it is. This is a track from his forthcoming project The Tinkerer, which will be released this Tuesday (January 31st). Redenbacher multiplies himself in this one, see and hear what happens.
While Rusty Redenbacher has been releasing a lot of music as a part of Mudkids and dropping numerous tracks on his own throughout the years, Lazarus (Audio Recon) is his first solo album, and one with a running theme involving renewal and rebirth, in order to start over again.
Collaborating with producer SPStar was a good move, as Redenbacher has the kind of energy and flow that is perfect for SPStar’s diverse style. When I say diverse, I mean what he samples and puts together is not the same boop bap, golden snares, or anything from song to song. If you’re a fan of producers and want to put faith in someone to take you places, SPStar is the man. To me, it sounds like they worked on this together as a team, and even if it wasn’t, it still sounds damn good.
Redenbacher is older… okay, maybe that sounds dumb because all of us are getting older. What I mean to say is that as an artist, he defines his music by making statements in time, and a lot of time has passed with the music he has released within a Mudkids mindframe. The word “growth” is rarely used positively in a hip-hop manner. I’ve said this many times before, but it’s as if sometime in the 90’s, as the music and business was becoming more collegiate, some were jealous that it had motives to move on and some chose to stunt its own growth. Too smart, too nerdy, too collegiate, it’s as if people who wanted to limit hip-hop did not want to acknowledge its own intelligence, and it felt a need to dumb itself. It divided the music, and nothing has been the same. Redenbacher has been someone who has always been about intelligence with his words, saying things in a way that doesn’t go over people’s heads but is said in a way as if to say “do you know what I mean?”
Lazarus is the album of a man who has grown musically and in life, and he shares this with songs that cover everything from ageism (“Older”) to the influence of his father (“Daddy”) and love in all of its manifestations. The album features brief spoken word interludes where he talks about a nemesis, and by the album he reveals who and what that nemesis is (or isn’t). He touches on both the spiritual and mythical, and carries that over to how that applies to hip-hop and his life, and why we as people struggle with that unseen, mental balance.
It may sound heady stuff (it is at times), but this not an album where you sit down in your chair, consume your favorite drink, and bum out. You can groove and dance to this, you can head nod to Redenbacher and SPStar and feel the vibe, do your air turntable moves and everything. Lazarus is simply a nice album that also makes the listener think. It’s music that entertains (as all hip-hop should), but it can be also an album for the older, more mature hip-hop fan that some have forgotten and/or discarded. It’s not a retro album, toss that out the door. But rather it’s a grown album, with Redenbacher feeling proud of his youth and upbringing, but being positive of the life and world that is ahead of him. He’s not buttery so don’t call him Orville, he’s Rusty and proud of it too.