written by Carter Theis
Before hearing this record, I was not familiar with Common Child or reSEARCH. But they rock the mic with grace, calling out issues in both the hip hop world and the Christian lifestyle. My current favorite emcee J7 (Jupiter 7) is on this EP. There’s something about J7’s voice that I can’t get enough of. You’ll know when you hear it, cause he’s got this raspy, ‘could care less’ voice that delivers a myriad of visually creative metaphors. When he starts rocking the mic, it’s like flying through a roller coaster of ideas and imagery.
This EP has some funk elements in it now and then, but overall, it’s carries a more underground tone. On some tracks, like “hauntedHOUSE,” and “blueDAWN” the sound is darker and builds a feeling like you’re in a thriller movie. “farREACHING” has a super sick melody that uses this guitar/trumpet anthem from a 60’s western movie theme song. “lionDEATH” is by far my favorite track (listen to it HERE). It has this distant guitar/keyboard melody that is accompanied with a deep pulse of bass electricity that is just super fresh. I’ve never heard anything like it. Signalias is the producer, so MAD props to him and the killer cuts by Nickels. I’ve met Nickels before….we did a show together back in ’03. What up Nickels? You still stacking change on those needles? This album is worth supporting, and it’s only $6.99!
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