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It’s been a little over a month since Savior Monroe presented his audibly cinematic full-length album “Lost Innocence Awakening” to the world. Cinematic indeed as it took me that entire month to soak in the fabric of all that is “LIA“.  From its song arrangement, vivid storytelling, little bursts of commentary, & bars full of thought provocation Savior Monroe brings us for a deep dive inside a journey he has crafted for all willing to listen. A sucker for storytelling, not only does Savior Monroe execute stories in peak form he is also to drive home some inspirational messages & meanings that drive home like social commentaries aimed to uplift. 

There is a certain journey Savior Monroe is taking us on & he gives us guidance from beginning to end via the song notes provided on his Bandcamp page for the album. I’ve decided to include these to add some context behind the songs as I review them one by one as a listener. I spent a lot of time with this album & as usual, I will give my individual breakdowns of each. Here is the journey I took alongside Savior Monroe well taking in “Lost Innocence Awakening“.

Savior Monroe: 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. “

Savior Monroe: “The Rip” The end starts at the beginning. The world is being ripped apart by mother nature, technology, weaponry and other threats from those on top of the hierarchy. It is up to the Savior to set things straight using the power of words and influence, and what better way to do it than with music.

01 “The Rip” – I was instantly brought in from the instrumental roaring into Savior’s first verse. Right off rip I was met with “The Rip” thriving with imagery & a Red Dead reference! The narrative is laid out for an album chocked full of depth that takes multiple listens to begin to interpret. It becomes clear upon the introduction that you’re in for some top caliber storytelling.

Savior Monroe: “Past Self” In order to prepare for and combat the end of the world, Savior Monroe decides to go back in time and warn his younger self about the future to prepare him for what’s about to come. The key to saving the world is to make sure Savior continues to do music despite the trials ahead of him.

02 “Past Self” – Telling his younger self not lose itself, Savior dives inside an inner struggle between a young him. He goes on speaking on his knowledge & lessons well-providing guidance. The lyricism is polished & engaging enough that he is able to pull you into his messages & “Past Self” is one of my favorite examples of it on the album.

Savior Monroe: “Stay In Your Lane” As Savior Monroe grows and becomes more attached to music, there comes times where he is enticed to do something else. Luckily God put people in his life to keep him on the straight and narrow living positively so he can continue to chase his dream to be an artist. Little does he know the world depends on it.

03 “Stay In Your Lane” – I love the reflection element of this album, & after listening over  & over I catch new things each time. The detail behind each record on “Lost Innocence Awakening” is pristine & this story of a few key people God has placed inside his path steering him to stay on the right track in life is portrayed excellently. 

Savior Monroe: “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” Once Savior Monroe becomes confident with his skill as an artist, he develops the mentality that he can murder every other artist. But if you’re a strong enough ally, he’ll recruit you. So he teams up with Kyo and continues to chase his dream and improve his craft.

04. Guilty Until Proven Innocent (feat. Kyo) – Lucky for Kyo his recruitment spares his life as we digest the first feature on the album. “I’m guilty of killing in profound ways“& in ways that perfectly defines this song. “Not even Armageddon can end the type of war we in“….the quotables here are too many to mention. Even listening over and over to this project I find different things upon each take.

Savior Monroe: “Touch The Clouds” Savior Monroe continues his onslaught and elevation with his music and recruits another powerful ally who goes by the name of 1 I Sinny. Together they continue their lyrical rampage.

05. Touch The Clouds (feat. 1 I Sinny) – At first, the beat to this one fell a bit overpowering verses the vocals to me on “Touch The Clouds” one with 1 I Sinny. Yet as it went forward the ongoing repeat “guitar” I believe is hard to miss hypnotizes you & the emcees go bar for bar with solid execution from both. 

Savior Monroe: “Never Satisfied” After years of work and elevation, Savior Monroe realizes that no matter what he does he will not be able to please everybody. Despite that realization, he continues to pursue music and elevate.

06. Never Satisfied – It’s a MARK COOPER production & a fine one at that plus “I’m in the studio eighteen hours, getting it in because it gave me power“… Well, Savior, it shows. It’s always the hardest albums to critique when I myself find myself having anything “critical to say about it“. In “Never Satisfied” is Savior VS EVERYBODY. Embedded in these lyrics are messages I feel aimed directly at society & they hit when you hear them. When the beat switches up in this song MARK COOPER shines behind a shining emcee. A standout track on the album.

Savior Monroe: “Flesh N Blood” After the revelation that music isn’t the only thing he’ll need to become the God responsible for saving the world, Monroe increases his knowledge and skill simultaneously. He develops the skills and the wisdom to negate the end of the world and begins to do so aggressively by killing all of those not down for his cause. The corrupt, blind and manipulative.

07. Flesh N Blood –  He ain’t got a third eye so he don’t see like that” over the powerful instrumental. I love the way the beat switches up here to as the words “Flesh N Blood” come in. Powerful messages coincide with that instrumentation as well here in a continuation of Savior’s story.

Savior Monroe: “The Same Us” Savior Monroe’s next step in his journey is to reveal the corrupt authority system, so he sets out to expose those abusing their power. Once exposed, the awaken can handle them appropriately.

08. The Same Us –  A modern aged version of “Fuck The Police” this record feels like a new twist with boom bap slash lo-fi vibes. FUCK TWELVE, & the abuse of power that certain individuals possess. It’s a vivid description of this twisted society & fucked up system of today.

Savior Monroe: “Threat To Society” Savior Monroe searches further and finds out the corruption is deeper than he originally thought. The children are being turned into weapons. So in order to awaken the world, he exposes the secret behind the child rebel soldiers. From this point on, Savior decides to focus on saving the children, because they are the future.

09. Threat To Society – In a battle against life’s ills Savior Monroe comes off as a threat to this society. He illustrates throughout his verse in elegant form. A storytelling natural ….murder. MURDER…kill….KILL….had me feeling homage to Nas or at least reminiscent. Savior Monroe is in polished arm on this entire project. Attacking “threats” all over the world in a public service announcement to watch out for your children.

Savior Monroe: “How Many Views” Savior focuses on the young ladies after he exposes the child rebel soldiers. He finds out that social media is one of the main weapons used against our young, vulnerable girls. It acts as a drug and every level of attention is like a stronger hit. Sally Peterson is a huge example of this and her following is massive. So Savior believes once he exposes her, the rest of the females falling victim to the ills of what is started through social media will change as well.

10. How Many Views – Thirst traps galore for females lost in a world of searching for views. Another great example of storytelling but what’s most impressive isn’t just the clear visuals painted via lyricism but the extremely catchy chorus this song drives home. Breaking down the breakdown of a girl swept through the effects of being trapped in the chase for views. 

Savior Monroe: “A Place Called Home” Savior Monroe continues his journey to save the youth by going back to his neighborhood. He runs into a young black boy who resembles his youngest brother. He decides to study and focus on him. Once he has gathered enough information he can use that to save all of the young, black underprivileged youth from not only his own neighborhood, but from all over the world. Thank God for our children he chants as he continues his journey to negate the Apocalypse.

11. A Place Called Home – A trip back home in what feels like self-analyzation in an intense version. There was a particular chunk of bars here that grabbed me, I’ve included them below. “A Place Called Home” became home as one of my favorites on the album.

“Wasn’t my dad but he played the role 
Another father figure and he would take control 
I would praise the code and never break the mode 
Until that crazy motherfucka would take the soul 
Of my momma shook, no wonder I’m a crook 
Now my granny want me to read a Bible book 
Nothing in this bitch was teaching me survival 
Tryna trick a little kid just to feed the idols”

Savior Monroe

Savior Monroe: “Seraph” Even with all of the knowledge and power Savior Monroe has gained, it still isn’t enough to accomplish his goal. Eventually his mother falls ill and passes away from Cancer, one of the things Savior Monroe is trying to provide a coping mechanism for. Even though she passes, Savior is blessed with the strength and additional power from her to continue and eventually complete his journey. 

12. Seraph – My favorite song on the album. Having lost my Grandfather to cancer & my father at a young age this song hits home as I sure it does for many who’ve been affected by the monster that is Cancer. Beautiful record. 

Savior Monroe: “Salvation” Once Savior Monroe gained the additional strength from his mother becoming his guardian angel, there was nothing stopping him from having the power to stop the Apocalypse and save the world with his music. He is the hero we all need. No longer must we wait for the resurrection of a fictional character.

13. Salvation – The fast bouncy flow that comes in right off that bat grabs you, & then this voice taunts behind it as it drives forward. “So you’re looking for a miracle to save our souls, but you never gonna get it from the dead he rose…” chants from the voice of Savior Monroe on this insane production. Insane in a fantastic way. This album builds & grows as it goes. It’s a progressive story to tell is really catapulted by the production that sandwiches it all together.

Savior Monroe: “Blinded” Through all of the criticism, doubting, and deception, Savior Monroe finally Awakens and becomes the God he has been trying to become all of this time. His mission is complete and he can finally prepare to stop the Apocalypse with the power of his words and music.

14. Blinded (feat. MoMo) – No memes with this MoMo. In reference to the song, I haven’t walked the same shoes but I definitely resonate with what’s being said here & personally found relatable moments. This album was enjoyable to listen to in it’s entirety to me & I’ve truly enjoyed the time I’ve spent over and over listening in what I would definitely call one of my more thorough breakdowns. 

Savior Monroe: “Reawakening” This is the alternate ending of what could have happened had Savior Monroe not went on his journey. Technology takes over and becomes God instead, and they take over the humans and control them just like the humans used to control technology, essentially turning us all into slaves.

15. Reawakening – An alt ending to a story spun from a web of lyrical fine details. “Reawakening” closes out this incredible story with one ear-twisting finish. “Created from chrome dust’… well this chrome dust certainly has stirred up something great. It took me a few listens & the track notes to understand what at first listen sounded like an audible experiment before realizing I was actually hearing the transition into the technology takeover. The panning effects and deeper voice bridging verses, all as the song becomes more digitized. An alternative ending worthy of finishing an album soaking with creativity. 

In closing, we have a serious competitor in terms of albums not just in the Detroit area but nationally with this one. There have been some solid offerings to take in this year but honestly, 2019 has been a slow start for me. In terms of new music, it’s only been a handful of projects I’ve truly got stuck on. This one right here though! I’m expecting it to adorn a heavy rotation over the coarse of the year. Savior Monroe takes us with him through his incredible story, amassed with a brilliant arrangement, & top-notch production. From beginning to end, to even the alt end, it’s almost as if I don’t want it to end. There a very few artists that are able to articulate & execute a concept album such as this, yet this one is executed in incredible form. 9/10



Purchase/Stream: https://saviormonroe.bandcamp.com/album/lost-innocence-awakening

Purchase/Stream: https://saviormonroe.bandcamp.com/album/lost-innocence-awakening

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Killz Korner Streetlife

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What can I say about the Streetlife guys to let you know they are up next? Well let me start by saying they are the hottest group in the mufakin City of Detroit! Dboys are the natural product of Detroit. The flashy rap along with the fast cars are elements that have been involved in dope boy music for a long time and these guys provide all that and more with actual bars and song structure. I have seen these guys take over clubs and bless more bitches on the stage than Peter Popoff water. There is even a lil Streetlife in the making with @streetlife_vs son getting ready to go Bar for Bar with anyone out!

Strip club heat, they have it, street tales, they have, fly shit, they have. They have thrown some of the dopest events in the city as well and have worked with the best artist in the city and several national artist as well. If you are not familiar with the Streetlife Guys, then you need to get with it.

another banger and I think my Favorite track from them is

“We Back” is just fire ass music and it is time y’all get right with Street Life.

Hottest Group in the city!
Killz Korner 4 Tokes but it is of pure fire lol I’ll review them again when I get a full project.

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4 Tokes.

 

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Killz Korner Ty Farris

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This week we are ft.Ty Farris with his project “Room 39 part 2” and the group Street Life who are the hottest in the city right now.

Ty has hit the streets hard with “Room 39 Part 2″. ( available at https://tyfarris.com/ ). This is hard hitting street music. I am very involved in the Detroit Music scene and I am here to tell you that Ty has earned his stripes and deserves the accolade of one of Detroit’s best artist. The eastside native has created his own lane and with his producer Trox have provided some griity music to get through a gritty life. This music is a perfect soundtrack of what hood life is about.
Room 39 is 11 tracks of substance, an attribute that is missing from most music that is thrown together nowadays. The mixing and mastering of the songs are excellent and Farris delivers blow after blow of outstanding lyricism and thought provoking punchlines.

I came into this review with my Big Proof ears on and I must say that I am over impressed with the album delivered to my music buzz. with lines like ” I don’t migrate with fly weights, since 98 around niggas that buy weight”. Lines like this stick out to me because if you are from Detroit there is some chance that you have sold drugs before, even if by association. This is just facts. These types of rhymes along with the gritty beats provided by Trox give the perfect soundtrack to a hood adventure.

My fav tracks are “Please Don’t overdose”, “Came a long Way” ft LIL Fame of MOP and 38 Spesh, and my favorite track is “Say my name” which takes me back to the Purple Gang days.

It’s time for me to leave a rating, and I must say that I am biased as a review because I know this mufaka personally. He is actually this asshole on the songs in real life. So for that to be the case its hard for me not to grade his album even harder than I would the average emcee, and i still have to give him 4 and 1/2 tokes. This is good music and I must say that i am proud to announce that Ty Farris is bringing the fire that the streets need in the city of Detroit, Eastside stand up, the boy did something for y’all.

Killz Korner rating 4 1/2 tokes.

The album has been available since July 26th, 2019, and make sure you add it to workout playlist.

 

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Killz Korner with “Pariis Noel”

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Pariis Noel Beautifully Flawed

New artist are the pulse of the music scene and some artist aren’t new but the music is. I Love to hear new music and will post and rate new artist and their projects or singles and rate them with an unbiased ear. If you now me, you know I indulge in the fine arts of Marijuana culture and will rate the music according to tokes of a spliff with 5 tokes being the highest accolade that an artist can receive from the Killz Korner.

Today we will review Pariis Noel and Maya Jones.

Ima start with Pariis Noel today and his project Beautifully Flawed. Let me start by saying dawg can flatout rap. his rhyme skillz are easily displayed with a monotone voice attached to gritty lyrics. There are 3 singles available right now as well as the full length project with “Too Busy Living” being my favorite of the 3 songs I was sent to listen to.When it comes to lyrics this guy does not have a problem at all, but what I find is when the artist is talented lyrically, they do the Nas effect. They choose some of the most basic beats. When Pariis meets with a producer who wants to take music to the next level, he will be on his way as one of the best to do it from the Mitten.

Overall the project is a nice project and gives the listener a deep venture into the life and mind of Parris Noel.

Killz Korner rating. 3 1/2 tokes.

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