cyclone, mr. rictor
|guests: jb, soulheir,
ajax, dezignator, macho, sage, capture one, kaboose, the
ordinary oddball, drastic.
|year of release:
|2. Missing Time
|3. We Don't Want That
feat. JB, Soulheir
|4. Dead Decay Shun
|5. Phyzical Mental
|6. The Coliseum feat.
|7. Assisted Suicide
|8. Ds5 News (skit)
|9. Say Again
|11. Fast Lane feat.
|12. M.O.G. (skit)
|13. The Messenger
|14. A Warrior's Existence
|15. Born Invisible
feat. The Ordinary Oddball
|17. Simply Put
feat. Drastic, Capture One
|18. Symphonic Precision
|19. Time's Process
|20. Banger feat.
Some years ago, you
were happy to get a good record. Now you are really
happy to get a good record. You know what I mean? It's
almost like a pleased sigh is expected, when you are
putting in an album, and you are not throwing up instantly,
right? Just because there's simply too much wack, weak,
mediocre, heck, even solid records out there. Do you
know what I mean? Solid. Yeah, as in not quite wack,
kinda cool, but it's not like you are tempted to name
your kid after the artist. Solid is a label that in
one way you don't want to achieve, but at the same time,
something you do, because it's still better than being
worse than solid. However, it's still like you are hungry,
but you only have salad but no dressing or bread but
no peanut butter. It's kinda like saying 'it's good
enough', what never means that it's actually good.
The album "Altered State"
by Stu Dent, who some of you might know as Sev Statik,
is one of those solid albums. This means that there's
nothing wrong with it, and I'd advice all of you guys
to check it out. Because 'solid' also means that a record
has the potential to be very dope to some, while others
will be rather indifferent about it. Hence, saying it's
solid doesn't mean that we are dissing it, it's just
that we are glad that it's not wack, but at the same
time recognize that it's not incredible.
But we should be checking
out the tracks, and the album starts out right with
a cut that's being used to express many issues that
will explain things and making you be prepared for the
rest of the album. Meaning that on here we hear Stu
spit some correcting words, but also self-reflecting
moments, that are showing why he's considered a Christian
emcee. This is getting our props because the production
by JB aka Dirty Moses (who handles all but two beats
on the album: Cyclone produced "Phyzical
Mental" and Mr Rictor "Born
Invisible") is coming up with something almost
cute due to the flute, that keeps something almost melodious
going, just merging very well with the words. Once more
on "Fast Lane",
JB is trying to do something more difficult and different
and he does something interesting, what then makes it
easier for us to stay with the track and give Stu the
deserving attention. This track features Capture One,
and gives us more reflective lyrics. And JB hooks himself
up with something cool too, when he's featured as a
guest on "Symphonic Precision",
that gives him and Stu the chance to combine the electronic
blinging with some esoteric rhymes. Further the strings
on "Time's Process"
and "Banger" (feat.
Ajax) are dope too, with the first making Stu become
more than what he is on the weaker cuts, as he's giving
us conclusions of his thinking process on the first,
and the second is talking about their ideology and what
makes the artists tick.
But then there's the
number of tracks that are cool, but don't get us too
excited, like "We Don't Want
That", a cut that features JB and Soulheir,
who are made to spit over a rather angry beat, with
them talking about all the things they don't want any
longer. Beat wise there is a too obvious keyboard sound
going on on "Say Again",
while Stu is keeping us listening with words that everyone
with a thinking conscious should be able to relate to.
Stu has a lot to say, that is at least as much directed
at himself as it is at us that are listening. Something
more for us than himself can be found on "The
Messanger", where he is painting his profile
in front of us. Definitely for us is also "Simply
Put" featuring Drastic and Capture One, as
this is coming with them cocky verses.
And to get the solid
average, you also need the cuts that you are not keen
about, like "Dead Decay Shun"
feat. Dezignator, that features a weak beat, and the
words that are at times reminiscent, challenging or
love expressing, show very little emotion to sound believable.
More tracks like that are "The
Coliseum" feat. Macho, "Assisted
Suicide" feat. Soulheir or "Alone"
feat. Sage, that are mainly suffering from weak beats.
There's just little there to attract us to okay tracks
like "A Warrior's Existance"
feat. Kaboose or "Skitzofriendamine"
feat. The Ordinary Oddball.
This album is stronger
lyrically than beat wise. Stu is also having a solid
delivery and flow, what can't be said about some of
his guest though. What inevitably leads us to conclusions,
that have been already and previously mentioned in this