Qwel & Meaty Ogre – “Freezer Burner ” – [GALAPAGOS4]
Qwel the emcee has a lot to say and always says a lot. He’s an emotional dude who sounds like he means what he says, and his literate lyrical flows bring hip hop to some interesting new places. Producer/beatmaker Meaty Ogre is a solid collaborator, bringing mostly rock beats heavy on guitars, many of them of them way fuzzed out. The music and production are right there with the lyrics, offering some different ideas about what works behind an emcee. Somehow the midwest sensibility behind this comes out. Gotta say ‘I’m not crazy about Qwel’s singing on #6, but the song has a wicked rap in the middle, so it’s not like it hasn’t got anything. #8 is a short instrumental. If you’re looking for new sounds in hip hop, check out this intelligent, down to earth album.