Do you remember when Hip-Hop was insightful, intelligent and inspiring? It seems as if those adjectives to describe Hip-Hop at its present state have been replaced with ones like stale, dilapidated and plain old corny. If you’re in need of an alternative to the same old Rap songs that feel the need to glorify violence, degrade women and rocking excessive jewels, look no further. Greenville, NC’s resident emcee extraordinaire Rudolph Lyrics takes aim at such songs and their authors on his underground classic “Break…”
Break… has all of the elements of classic Hip-Hop (circa 1988-1994); a sampled break beat, a James Brown adlib, a hook using catchphrases from other classic Hip-Hop tracks, and an intense and fierce emcee who’s lines are on point like an arrow. Rudolph Lyrics fires of commanding bars that explode on impact at his peers who are destroying the art of emceeing by stating: “I go to war with the so called bleak I aint surprised/You aint a thug, you never been at all, and neither am I”. That’s just one of the many one-two combinations that connect like a Tyson blow. The song is layered with blatant and cryptic jabs at the artists who are bringing shame to Hip-Hop.
The Segundo (R.I.P.) laced track marks the second coming of the Boom-Bap era. The song’s intro is stacked with trunk rattling drums that build anticipation for what’s next to come. Even the Godfather of Soul himself, the late James Brown drops in to give Lyrics a proper introduction. An abundance of MPC loops will fill your speakers with the vivacious sounds of real Hip-Hop. Every kick and every snare is filled with the energy of the forefathers and gives Lyrics the ultimate canvas to paint his lyrical illustrations.
Break… is one of those songs that put the listener back into a true Hip-Hop state of mind. Lyrics’ skillful wordplay, conscious swagger and direct lyricism coupled with Segundo’s airtight production make this song a must-have for your musical library. This song is certified Dope and deserves to be in Heavy Rotation.