As an artist myself I respect creativity expressed in a variety of manners. Particularly in music I am a very harsh critic of others material as well as my own; so any compliment I may assess to anyone's work should be taken wholeheartedly. Over the past week I have been listening to a certain mixtape in particular, trying to determine a proper rating of the content. The mixtape I am speaking of is a collaborative effort by two artists by the name ofAkins 2.0 & Yobbi. I've known Mr.Yobbi for a little over a year now and he's always shown an interest in MC'ing but I would've never guessed he'd put his talent to use in such a constructive manner. This mixtape combines poetic floetry and an experimentation element in the production many of us love to hear in new artists.
The Star Wars sample, which I am very much a fan of, produced by Akins 2.0 elegantly brings us into the makings of the rapper/jedi known as Yobbi. The delivery by the individual who provides us the backstory for Out The Woodworks is flawlessly executed & brings back purpose in the intro's many rappers recently seem to slack on. The style is similar to the intro's of Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor and Kid Cudi's Man On the Moon; which most likely were influences.
Notables Let's Have Some Fun
Undoubtedly one of my favorite songs on the tape. The S-Class production by Akins 2.0 and laid back flow of Yobbi emit a feeling of shameless bliss. Something I envisioned when I played this track for the first time was a gentleman dancing in a dim lit ballroom with his mistress at midnight, enjoying the sinful thrill of fornication. An artistic rendition of humanity exemplified through audio is something I LOVE to hear from any musician with the talent of executing this properly. If you can't relate to that this track would've also been the perfect theme music to the scene in Madea's Family Reunion in which the character "Carlos" verbally abused his fiancee "Lisa".
In My Psyche
Another one of my personal preferences on the Out The Woodworks tape is a song by the name of "In My Psyche". Yobbi self-examines several aspects of his life and life in general while effectively showing his lyrical ability. Psyche by some definitions is synonymous with Personality,which is very prevalent on this heartfelt aria.
Rather than continue to provide MY opinion on why these artists have the potential to become serious threats I suggest you download the mixtape for yourself and experience the force in full effect.
Not gonna bother boring you with the details on why I haven't updated, simply put I had a lot of homework homing in on Spring Break. Now that Spring Break has officially began I will put my focus on long hours of sleep and relaxation. Of course the Highest Education will once again provide an outlet for those interested in this positive movement in lifestyle. Today's mission in improving my lifestyle was nothing beyond reorganizing the H.E(Highest Education) headquarters, which is my room, preparing for an ocean of paint to consume the walls. Until tomorrow..
A London based group by the name of "the XX" that make GOOD music.
While enduring a jacket-less brisk walk home (74° to 64° in a few hours.. that's South Florida for you) from campus, I went through my iPhone with intentions of finding theme music for the excursion. After scrolling through countless albums with nothing in particular catching my eye I decided to re-listen to Ni---r (Untitled) by Mr.Nasty Nasir. Having not listened to the album in over a year my appreciation for the lyrical content has grown substantially. The issues he discussed on the album which at one point I could not distinctively identify I can certainly see clearly now.
Coincidentally enough it began to rain midway on my trip home.
The 14 year old heir to the Simmons dynasty manages to do justice to Nas' "Made You Look".