By Zoneil Maharaj
Jan 30, 2007 - 2:11 PM
Having a full-time singer is a risky move in hip hop where R&B singers are only employed for a couple radio friendly hits. With that said, if you’re looking for hardcore boom bap rap, you won’t find it here. This here is head nod music.
The soul and r&b influence is evident on every track. The lead single “Celebrate” sets the pace for the album with a laid-back, hand-clapping vibe.
Though little is known about the group, aside from Mr. Brady’s indie rap rep, they sculpt their own distinct sound with The Second Coming, which features guest spots from Planet Asia, Abstract Rude, One Be Lo, Oh No, among others. On “Break of Dawn,” Mr. Brady foreshadows his crew’s success: “Overlooked but in a minute that’ll all change. Yeah, I’m makin’ beats. Yeah, I got rhymes. Never really braggin’. I’m just gettin’ mine.” Hopefully these cats get their due props.
The only downside is to the album is that the “feel good” music can feel a little too good. The lack of variety in the production makes each track blend together with little variation between tracks. Not that it’s a bad thing. The album captures a calming mood of positivity and an early 90s hip hop vibe. Trust your head will nod, but if you’re not in the mood to relax and chill, you might just nod off to sleep.
Zoneil Maharaj is the editor-in-chief of OH DANG! Magazine. He is afraid of heights, so he may never climb off his high horse. Send him love letters at email@example.com