Album Review

Younge, Adrian / Souls of Mischief – “There Is Only Now” – [Linear Labs]

Thurston Hunger   6/11/2015   CD, Hip Hop

No one can stay young forever, not even Adrian, but while many
wax poetic about 90’s hip hop, Younge creates a new yet lasting
testimony. Summoning the Souls of Mischief with killer bass lines
and swirling soul-savior sounds. Flutes, chic guitars, hovering
keys…and super slinky drums. Younge presents a street opera
musically, while the four Souls dodge bullets and beats, Tajai
falls into the clutches of Womack (Busta Rhymes). You know he’s
bad even before he slips Miriam a mickey which leads to vehicular
miscarriage. Vengeance is sworn, other epithets fly (running this
at length needs to wait for the FCC to sleep…or really wake up).
Lots of side angles at play, and a radio narrator for K-NOW, you
know the essence of now, is there to take the pulse of the city
(dig quick Oakland phone-by’s on #13, and a jingle to boot too)
A Tribe called Request? Snoop plays the role of Dear Abby on a
cut setting up some Stoney love. “Finally Back” is both conscious
and conscience rap, weighing wounds and fate. But by “The Last Act”
the souls have got Womack’s last breath in sight. Might be as
much non-fiction as there is inner city friction. An instro disk
is included giving not just the drummer some, but the band who
are as tight as the shadows where they reside. Check the drums
on #14, the guitar/synth sizzle on #11 and the two moods on #6.
Backpackers got your back.

-Thurston Hunger

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