|And Cadence sticks to one flow
that is thin on variation. Still, he comes the most
attention grabbing during his long and content heavy
verses. Being it on the would be censored "W",
that criticizes the most powerful man with the W.
middle name. These harsh words speak out what a
patriot is not supposed to utter, in a world that
bastardizes criticism as unpatriotic. What can somewhat
be adapted to hip hop too: when a track that speaks
about the room temperature gets more critical praise
(and a Grammy nomination) than honest reflections
on the world behind the Crystal glass, more than
clever words and cocky and funny braggadocios rhymes,
then something is seriously wrong with the game.
And so the hardship that all the many messages on
this album bring, are still worth it. Because Cadence
says something. Actually so much that it will take
some time for you to get your head around all the
subjects. May they be as sarcastic as the album
title, or the "An
American Dream" song, that mocks with
words and music or "Always"
that massages your brain with a positive outlook.
|Add to this a selected few guests,
going by the names of Mr. Lif on "I
Am Myself (Remix)",
Cee-Rock "The Fury" on "In
The Pockets" and Quite Nyce on "I
Want To Talk To You".
Put some traditional reflecting on hip hop verses
Mighty Pen" and some braggadocio twists
on "Not For A Minute"
on the pile. To then get serious again on the painful
"Vengeance Or Victory"
that turns the thoughts around 9/11, with the break
in the beat being goose bump material.
|This album is deep and goes deep,
trying to drag you along with it. The packaging
of the message (rhymes and beats) is at times struggling
to attract the attention disorder customer. But
reality looks closer to how this album sounds like,
than all the nicely lit player's balls. And maybe
even more than on the excellent and still to be
released Raw Produce album "The Feeling Of
Now", Cadence uses the Boogie Monsters mantra
to say something when he has the people listening.
And that is risking to be politically incorrect,
as you might piss off someone. But even the mainstream
should know now that the truth hurts.
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