Guest Album Review: Mars Ill - Pro Pain
- MARS ILL on GOTEE RECORDS
Reviewed by Rahiem Shabazz
In a time when the masses are over consumed with chart-topping pop singles, along comes one to deliver a dose of real hip-hop. Armed with an unmistakable voice and cadence like no other is Manchild, one-half of Mars Ill. The Atlanta-based duo scores high on their third full-length release, "Pro Pain". The emcee/deejay duo's latest offering espouses views of consciousness that seek to awaken and revolutionize those still stuck in the bling-bling era.
Resurrecting the underground sound that hip-hop purists live and die for, is evident on cuts like Change Your Ways. Mars Ill's impervious to change and growth is shown through their 14-song selection. Manchild spits free-spirit rhymes filled with consciousness, over infectious bass-driven production stands out strongly on the lead single More. Teaming up with hometown emcee Ishues, Ben Hameen, J-Mill and Ahmad, proclaims good judgement on behalf of the duo since they all bear the same lyrical dexterity.
This album will not fly under the radar and may even draw some eyebrow raising from A&Rs not looking for the next pop chart-skewed sounding group. Any lovers of thought provoking lyrics, wordsmiths and poets will cop this album without guilt or disappointment after a sample of the first song. The new Mars Ill offering, Pro Pain is a handsome supply of unique beats and samples mixed with dynamic rhyming for your listening pleasure. This is the most lyrically and sonically pleasing release of the year, which is the reason why it is in heavy rotation on my CD drive.Available from Amazon:
Dropping July 19th: Mars Ill - Pro Pain
Book Review - DARKNET: Hollywood's War against the Digital Generation
If you're interested in digital music and movies, the attempts of big media companies to control your use of such material and the creative experiments by folks who just want to be able to fully own the stuff they've bought, you might find the book DARKNET: Hollywood's War against the Digital Generation
of interest. If so, I've just posted a review at ProHipHop
that gives my take on the book and why it's well worth reading.
Lyrical Swords Westside Rebellion Mix
Over at Holla at a Scholar!!, Adisa Banjoko has dropped the Lyrical Swords Westside Rebellion Mix
by DJ Relm cutting up Adisa Banjoko's Speech at Harvard, Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise" and Balance, the Bay Area Mixtape King, among other sources. The MP3 is a first taste of a CD that will go along with Adisa's next book, Lyrical Swords Vol. 2: Westside Rebellion.
VIBE MusicFest in Atlanta, June 10-12
The VIBE MusicFest
is happening June 10-12 in Atlanta, Georgia with 2 nights of concerts
and 2 days of speakers and panels
. Performers will include Kanye West, Amerie, Lauryn Hill, Big Boi, Ludacris, Faith Evans and T.I.
ProHipHop and netweed are helping promote this event.