Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Sonnet 18, one of my favorite pieces of work from the original English lyricist, Mr William Shakespeare. Almost 400 years after his death, we still use the warmth, vibrant colors, and bright spirits of summer to describe how we feel. Much like the summer,music makes me, you, us feel in ways we cannot always articulate. Sometimes I wish I had studied anatomy so that I could tell you which organ pulsated at an irregular or heightened beat when listening to certain songs. Alas, I am not that gifted, and I struggle with the few words I know to best illustrate the feelings I get when I listen to music I enjoy.
I have been asked to listen and review this mixtape for a while now, and for multiple reasons (including laziness, sorry) I have put off doing so. Part of me is glad I put of listening to, and hence writing about, this mixtape until the summer. Maybe this has distorted my perception, but I can not see it any other way. So to steal a page out of William Shakespeare’s association book, this mixtape sounds like a summer’s daze.
I didn’t know why, and I still don’t know why, Futuristic hit me up and asked me to review this mixtape. I was a little confused, like what can I do to help? Then I got nervous, was I going to like it, if not, what would I write about. Thankfully, these boys are sick, and the production on this album is well above par.
My first impression was they way the tape sounds. I’m no studio engineer, and I’d be fooling you if you asked me to go into technical detail, but this album is mad crisp. Sort of like when you chew mint flavored gum, then drink water type crisp. I really appreciated the equilibrium between the instrumentals and voice. And I know that it sounds crazy that I am ranting about this, but sound control can make or break a listening experience, and theirs made it that much more enjoyable, so kudos!
Now on to the music. You can tell this kids didn’t wake up one morning and think, “you know how we can make money, raping, all we got to do is drop a verse” and boom we have wack lyrics trying to call itself hip hop. In my head, I can see Iso and Futuristic listening to MC’s like Nas, Mos Def, Talib Kweli and absorbing their craft. There is no doubt that they are influenced by the neo-soul alt hip hop movement, from the instrumentals they chose to their flow. This is one solid album, not looking for what’s hot and ending up with a mix matched album, but rather exhibiting the beauty of the boom bap (and not in a cheesy we are hip hop purist sense of the word).
My head nodded from the intro all they way through. I enjoyed the production on Classic, and without having to look at the credits from second 2, I knew Suuth was involved with Status Quo. Listening to Of Love and Music I began to fantasize about my Vicky Christina Barcelona type love with my future artist, and all the craziness that that entails. It was seriously in contention to be my favorite track until I heard Significant Other.
“Dear Future wife no pun intended when I say this cause in actual fact, gad damn, you’ll be Future’s wife” …..Done! Signed, sealed delivered, I’m done. Like I cooed when I heard that. My head bopped harder to this track. It’s a smooth track, in reality this whole album is smooth. Case in point Resivour Dawgs. When you have more than 2 people on a track you run the risk of it sounding too repetitive, and therefore too long, but when I heard this track it was nice and succinct and displayed each mc’s talent so big up yourselfs!
I legit feel comfortable playing this mixtape right after or before Black Stars album, Common’s album, A Tribe Called Quest’s album. Given the production and poetry on this album I 100% don’t get why Maseru’s radio stations fail to play local talent.
Download the mixtape here: http://limelinx.com/files/e478be9626806d5d2a0b9fb7ce82a9a2
I cannot say this enough, I am a firm believer in Lesotho’s potential, and Isosceles and Futuristic just gave me one more example to throw in my hat. People told me that you two were dope, and I agree. Some of you may (not) know that I am moving back home within a month, and one of the things I am most excited for is to be around Lesotho’s and South Africa’s creative energy. From what I have heard so far, I shall not be disappointed. So THANK YOU for reaching out to me, I enjoyed being part of the process.