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KARI FAUX is one of my favorite femcees right now, even though I don’t like to use that label. Bringing what she calls Avant Garde Rap, she’s fearless. But of course I’m totally biased because she produces a lot of her own music & well, if you know me, you know i’d do almost anything for that gift. Enough on me, Kari’s coming from Arkansas and definitely slick with her tongue and style. She serves.
Faux’s released Spontaneous Generation, an EP with a self-explanatory name. No gimmicks, she begins talking about how she uses pain to create and how far her generation is from all the potential actually breeding within it. But of course, she addresses more frivolous, key topics in our lives like material things, guys, and hating hos. She wants to have a good time but she isn’t taking anyone’s shit.
My favorites: Vince Carter, Sun Goes Down/Kum & Go, Poetry In Motion
Check out NO SMALL TALK, as well.
Sound Boy definitely takes a few pages from the late, great James Yancey with this project but i’m not mad at all. The tape has true nuances of hip hop with every track. Not to mention the subject matter, it’s all about what Detroit music should be, where it started, how far off the path it’s gotten, and how it’s coming full circle. Sound Boy even pays homage to the artists of today he sees talent in. That’s love. That’s what Detroit music needs. Hell, that’s what Detroit needs.
Glad I’m done sleeping. The features on the project are also noteworthy. No skips. Sound Boy takes us back to Dilla days then by the end of the tape, he’s updated his sound, love it.
KOPELLI OF COLD MEN YOUNG \ GENTLEMEN JACK
This review has been a long time coming, Cold Men Young has been one of a few collectives keeping the Underground true Hip-Hop scene in Detroit, MI alive and to the standards of true hip-hop heads, (not hipsters).
Kopelli’s conquered the grown & sexy of underground hip-hop and instilled it in his latest solo project Gentlemen Jack.
Gentleman Jack is promotes celebrating life despite the ups and downs while preserving the gentlemen. Cuts like Dean Martin chant “I’ve been sipping, drinking, smoking.. simply sip sophisticated.. You can’t keep me down when I’m up in my zone!”
Other cuts like Salty speak on the fact that Kopelli is still only human, and a man at that. Therefore he should probably wish his old love well, yet he’s salty because he’d rather have her, realizing his loss. Still he understands, life must go on, even after love.
Salud concludes the project seamlessly. Its a culmination of all the themes heard on the project yet isn’t redundant.
Look out for more from Kopelli & Cold Men Young
STANDOUTS: VanHunt, Dean Martin, She Hate Me, production from The Olympics, Features from most of Cold Men Young, smooth Vocals.