It makes us feel happy to know that musical quality is alive and well in hip-hop. Ok, first of all, DJ R3V3R3ND MURD3R is way to hard to type repeatedly, so let’s call this artist Justin. Actually, Justin is his real name and he makes a combination of EDM and hip-hop. His beats hark back to the boom-bap era of the 90’s while including a lot of cinematic production. His tracks are full of energy and emotion. Add to that the excellent MCs he has on the rhymes, and you really have something special. “Lights Camera Action” is full of TV/Movie clips. A production trick that was big in the ’90s and I still love. I think this definitely showcases his DJ roots as you can picture him in the back of the stage, suffocated in smoke and digging through crates for the perfect record with the perfect sample. And how did they get the guy from Aqua to rap on this tune? Ok, it’s probably not the same guy, but his delivery sounds a lot like Ken from “Barbie Girl.” Either way, the MCs on this track are legit. Each has a very unique delivery. Well thought out lyrics and syllable use that is on point. Since DJ R3V… Justin likes to remain mysterious, We couldn’t decipher whether he did the vocals as well or just was the producer behind the beats and the other production. It sounds like he has a few different MCs throwing down on his beats. His approach reminds me a lot of Handsome Boy Modeling School. Remember those guys? No? Not a lot of people do, but they were super dope. Justin has a lot of the same magic going here. On “Stay Woke”, Justin’s beat has a very dark atmospheric quality, which matches the ruff delivery of the rappers. The intensity of the track makes you really want to pay attention to what is being said and also makes you take a deep breath once it is over. The track is full of tension that never gives up for its entirety of 3:23.
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