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D|REVIEWS: E-Man Bates – Be Careful Be Safe

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REVIEW – E-MAN BATES “be careful be safe”

Speaking from first & third person experiences throughout his life emcee E-Man Bates delivers his eight record EP “Be Careful Be Safe” touching on a multitude of personal stories & tribulations. “Green Balloons” provides an entrance with E-Man Bates speaking on the project’s substance before leading into a lyrical foundation that opens the door into his life & gives listeners a peak into who he is. That door swings open as if reaching through the projects cover artwork & has you traveling further into “Flashbacks” that has Avery Norris & Lola Tea provide vocal assistance with a soulful synth-like mix thats melds in between the storytelling abilities of E-Man Bates.

The next track comes in abruptly after flashing back & on “I Don’t Know” he begins touching on a darker side of the mind & hiding behind alcohol. Details of the growth & struggles that come with depression are highlighted as the emcee expresses how he took control & shifted his focus into more meaningful directions. I can appreciate an artist who isn’t afraid to touch on the topic of depression & even more so those who can use that depression to fuel an outlet into a creative path.

Angry Gohan” has the female reporter/interviewer you heard earlier in the EP returning to question E-Man Bates about rumors on social media claiming that he hasn’t been as focused on his music & that beer itself as well as his blogging endeavor Beats & Brews has taken away from his musical shine. Quick to dispute those very rumors & prove theirs no reason he can’t do both “Angry Gohan” brings the most hype & heaviest hitting record midway through the eight record letting him talk his shit well closing out with a little reasoning behind his drinking.

Fitting to bring up liquor as “White Russian Mano” builds off the previous in what feels like an extension of “Angry Gohan” providing a double center in the middle of the project sandwiched between more storytelling oriented derivatives. The albums first single “Holy Water” speaks of a new day well moving forward E-Man Bates explains how his “mental thermostat has no control” yet his “brain is a blessing”.  That blessing shows through his most sing-song verse of the album, the second verse of “Holy Water” touches on performing at a metal fest & starting Beats & Brews & provides one of my favorite verses across the eight song EP. I especially dug the “widow maker” line snuck inside that second verse & the sample-like sounding voice inside the verse dies off before leading into the title track.

Be Careful Be Safe” brings a fast paced live sounding display of E-Man Bates that sounds built for a live band on stage…that is before about mid-way through the record you hear the jazzy sounds of trumpet lace the backdrop for E-Man Bates tribute to his mother, rest in peace. It’s a moving, descriptive, & emotional take on their relationship that he drives over the beat that builds intensity behind the central idea of “Be Careful Be Safe” before drowning out in more trumpet. That drowning trumpet brings us back to that live band sound with the crowd cheering in what proved one of my favorite cuts on an what has played out as as very consistent record. The title track has more to it before the final bonus with what sounds like some throwback early recording / lost tapes type sounds & plays well to the diversity of sounds I’ve found across the whole project.

MSML” is that very bonus bringing in a chopped/screwed voice before one of the harder flows coming from Bates in this strong record that I thoroughly enjoyed as a closing. “MSML” you come to discover is acronym for Music Saved My Life – a fitting slogan to “Be Careful Be Safe” an album that touches on depression, loss, personal struggles, & growth. In what has been a terrific year for hip hop releases E-Man Bates fits inside that pocket of must listen projects & proves that he can focus his music still shines regardless of juggling multiple passions. There’s the perfect amount of music here to allow for consistency in both theme & being able to showcase his abilities without any filler tagging along that might’ve stretched out an album that does a great job of absorbing its substance with production that fits & E-Man’s ability to tell stories of life efficiently & effectively. – COMMi$$ION

OVERALL ALBUM RATING: 8/10

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Clear Soul Forces – “Hit Me Now” + “Still” Album Release.

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From “Breath of the Wild” references to homage to Eminem on the cuts of the first couple tracks from “StillClear Soul Forces instantly pull you in as one of Detroit’s finest lyrical entourages. The squad is back with their first full-length project since 2015 and disappointment is not on the tracklist as the eleven record effort displays effortless flows including the recent “They Shootin” & “Hit Me Now” which has been blessed with visual treatment above. Enjoy the sounds of smooth similies & metaphors doused across a group of emcees that truly capture a powerful sound stamping itself into your eardrums. “Still” is available everywhere today!

Stream/Purchase: http://smarturl.it/CSF-Still

Nearly four years and a number of solo projects later, Detroit’s Clear Soul Forces are back with their most impressive release to date. Still is what happens when four proven artists continue to hone their craft and find their collective flow. At 11 tracks deep, this album eschews trends and instead provides timeless, straight-up dope Hip-Hop.
Speaking on why Still sounds so organic and cohesively produced, group member Noveliss says, “Everyone’s growth has made the creative process easier.” He adds that CSF may have been a team before, but each member had to prove himself individually. “Now, we and the world know what’s up, and it’s all about bouncing off each other and being a unit on every song.”

That sense of true teamwork and partnership is heard and felt on each track, from the neck-snapping opening track “Blaow (feat. DJ Odilon)” through to album closer “Don’t Stop” that serves up a wild burner-to-banger beat-switch. Other instant highlights include “Hit Me Now,” which Noveless says features “all of the random things that describe CSF,” and L.A.Z.’s favorite track “They Shootin’,” which is also the album’s lead single.

Those tracks, and the majority of the album, were produced by rapper-producer Ilajide, who complements his CSF brothers with beats primed for verses bursting with clever bravado, video game references, and head-spinning wordplay. Still is golden era Boom bap for the modern age, and it’s delivered through a lens that’s wholly unique to CSF. It’s also one of integrity, because there’s no fluff or superficial window dressing here—simply some of the best hip-hop you’ll hear this year.

Quote Source: CSF Bandcamp

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Savior Monroe – “Lost Innocence Awakening”

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Lyrical powerhouse Savior Monroe treats us a special journey through his music with his new album "Lost Innocence Awakening".

Lyrical powerhouse Savior Monroe treats us a special journey through his music with his new album “Lost Innocence Awakening“. In his own words “This is the journey of Savior Monroe and how he awakens the God within, allowing him to add power to his words and negate the Apocalypse with music.” describes the general direction of this latest effort. That direction is well aimed & as you travel the fifteen track audible trip your enlightened by poignant storytelling, lyrical abilities, & Savior’s knack for tying together records in a meaningful way. I will have my full review of this project right here at DetroitRap.com in the coming weeks but until then I strongly success waking up to “Lost Innocence Awakening” and taking a journey with one of Detroit’s all-star talents Savior Monroe.

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Boogie – Everythings For Sale [Short Film] + Album

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In a prelude to his debut album which released today on Shady Records / Interscope "Everythings For Sale" comes the short film of that very same title.

In a prelude to his debut album which released today on Shady Records / Interscope “Everythings For Sale” comes the short film of that very same title. Boogie has been building a buzz for some time leading into this first major release and now that it’s here I’ve been seeing an overwhelming amount of great feedback. Myself, I’m a few listens through and truly have enjoyed the structure of the album, not too many rappers can transcend lyricism amongst their own singing in the way Boogie does. It’s albums like these that put me in fan mode, I can see this one burning up my digital airwaves for months to come. Enjoy the short creatively provocative short film above & soak in the experience that is “Everythings For Sale“.

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