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Three Big Winners from Rapsody’s Eve album

Three Big Winners from Rapsody’s Eve album

by Dan-O

Albums-With an aggregate score on Metacritic of 91 out of a 100 Rapsody’s new album Eve is not consummable in pop music chunks. While it is sixty two minutes and fifty seven seconds long It is so heavily thematic that every song acts as a vital puzzle piece in the totality of Black feminine dimension. This is more literal than hyperbole; most of the songs are named after an important black woman who made an important contribution to the world (Iman, Afeni, Serena, Whoopi, Oprah, etc).

Rapsody is my favorite female rapper in the world right now because of how elusive she is. She sneaks lines through like on the lead single Ibtihaj where she talks about how long women have led the way in hip hop. She says “Women been leading the way, since Roxanne Shante/And the Unit had Flava and Jay had Marcy neighbors that waved.” If you catch it, it is odd to think about Jay at one time having neighbors in Marcy who waved and how long ago that was. It’s a sneaky thoughtful personal image of a figure who seems so enormous now. For her pen to put the camera there is a real strong choice.

As the album’s star she never yells at people or engages theatrics. While this costs her a larger stage it creates real weight around bars that might not be considered that big a deal from someone else. On Whoopi when she sternly states “I ain’t feeling you like I ain’t feeling new Kanye,” you couldn’t help but think that might actually hurt Kanye’s feelings. She didn’t stutter or equivocate. Nothing she says is to be dismissed and critics know it. After years of putting out strong verses and solid music, fans know it as well. I watched a documentary following Rapsody. She is a nice lady in a hooded sweatshirt and if you ever need to ask what weapon she will use to defend herself against this dangerously half dead music industry…the album is the answer. It tells her story in full.

Eric G & 9th Wonder-12 out of 16 songs on Eve are produced by one of these two. 9th Wonder gets the full victory lap treatment because he has been pushing Rapsody with all the strength of his reputation for years and years. Now talking heads (like me) are running around touting Eve when they were dismissing her back in 2014.

I am very happy for Eric G to get a little of this shine. He is one of those kept label producers who remain the backbone of a unit (Elite is this for J.Cole and the Dreamville people). Rapsody sounds amazing over soul samples and smacking drums but Eric G finds a way to push the tempo. He sprinkles a little Roger Troutman into the song Aaliyah. Serena  actually uses a Luther Campbell sample to set a fast tempo that pulls some of my favorite words from our narrator. He gives her soul but imbues it with strength and confidence. Rapsody has grown alongside 9th Wonder and Eric G. Eve is their moment alongside her.

Guests-Have you seen who is on this album? The lead single has GZA and D’Angelo on it. Gza does not contribute verses all over the place. He absolutely brings it like he’s happy to and he is not the only one. Nottz T’s up the perfect piano with chunky bass for Queen Latifah to flex over. J. Cole doesn’t just rap well dude gets deep into himself. His verse starts with “Born into pain” as the first three spoken words. This verse is given with deep respect to a piece of music he knows to be important. Iman captures a lot of talent in one place with JID continuing to build his guest verse portfolio , this time matching his speedbag flow with sincerity, Sir sounds buttery on the hook.

This is not a full review of Eve. If I did one of those it would be 1,500 words. I’d do 400 words just talking about how important to music Oprah is in that it brings the two best female rappers in the world together (Leikeli47 and Rapsody) over a beat (thank you Eric G!) that captures the best of both styles. It bounces with drums 47 can be proud of while giving Rapsody the sonic space to stretch out.

If this isn’t a review let it be a toast.

Glasses up for this thick novel of a thing.


May it never leave us.


Mixtape Review-Politically End Correct by Sy Ari Da Kid x Teauxny

Mixtape Review-Politically End Correct by Sy Ari Da Kid x Teauxny

by Dan-O

Fans of Sy Ari Da Kid are not in it for the production (typically mid tempo soul sample banger) or wild Jeezy like ad-libs. Sy isn’t trying to make music that plays in the background while you twerk. Those of us that rep his brand do so because he says things no one will. The cover image will tell you that just by showing you a black dude wiping his butt with the American flag (which would be fine but its touching the ground…gotta burn it now, right?). He doesn’t just do a Michael Brown song or Eric Garner dedication; on Current Events he ties all the events together to bring you into the hopelessness of hearing these headlines over and over. The feeling of defeat these tragedies create has never been captured as well on song (that I’ve heard).

On Mirror Music he says something I’ve been saying for years “How you gon’ diss golddiggers? We all gold digging.” Everything in a Sy verse is in perspective; the tough talk is a dude at the waffle house telling him he’s next. The sex songs always scamper between criticism of the woman involved and himself (“I tell you to shoot for the stars but look how you snorted the gun powder”—Anti Friendzone Interlude). Having released a thousand mixtapes he’s never written a hero in any of them. He’s naturally conversational; the hip hop version of that friend you have who delivers the truth viciously while all your other friends think he’s rude but you need that dude. You need the truth.

He’s certainly not alone. If Sy was the only rapper in this state of mind he wouldn’t be able to string together such massively satisfying posse cuts on ever project. This time its One Life that has a timeless Marvin Gaye sample from I Want You bass’d up and laid smooth (thank you Teauxny)for Sy. The beat switches to something spookier for the guests Bumpy Knuckles, Translee, DaOne, and JID and they all knock it out of the park. Translee’s pinched voice and dazzling word placement perfectly complement Sy’s brash intelligence and Bumpy is Bumpy damn it (“The legacies will never read that rappers was this hard”).

Teauxny does an incredible job at turning minimalism up enough to make it soulful and resonant. Agape is just a single sparkle looped and you can feel it push Sy to deliver a surprisingly complex analysis of love. Teauxny gets Sy in a way I haven’t heard from other collaborative partners. I want this to be part of a longer run of projects they make since they smashed the nail on its head.

Politically End Correct is only nine songs which is smart. Too much of this could wear you down but as it is it’s tight and intense and makes great use of everything that sets Sy apart. If you listen and like what you hear you should follow Sy Ari Day Kid on twitter. He’s as intense about basketball as he is relationships and politics. In fact, to let him tell it…it might all be politics just named different things.

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