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Luke Geraty - The Before I Sold Out EP

Release:The Before I Sold Out EP
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Media:[Audio CD]
Released:2002
Recordlabel:Syntax Records
Info:1. Intro
2. Drowning In My Dreams
3. Million Miles
4. Listen Up
5. Traveling (Remix)
6. Crayons
7. Success
8. Condescending Comprehension
9. I'll Be Good To You
10. A Day In The Life Of…
11. Outro
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Review:Written by SSRC
Monday, 02 June 2003
Luke Geraty - The Before I Sold Out EP
In 2002 the long forgotten EP made a huge comeback. Artists such as Aesop Rock, Mars ill, Demigodz and La Symphony (just to name a few) all put out quality EPs over the course of the year. After listening to the Luke Geraty EP I would add his name to that list of 2002 dope EPs. For those of you who dont know, Luke is a MC from the hip hop hotbed of Minnesota. He has rhymed for the last 12 years and has appeared on everything from Phonetic Composition's PC Tools to E-Roc's Avalanche.

The album starts off on a good foot as the standout track "Drowning In My Dreams" makes its way into your eardrums. Luke goes into detail about what children worry about over John Huss's guitar focused track. The cuts at the end by DJ Jayvee make this already hot track even hotter. Geraty sounds best when has an issue to rap about, not to say that his braggadocios raps are bad, but he is at his best when heartfelt topics are on his mind. A prime example of this is "Success" and "Crayons". "Success" has Luke and Elias questioning what America turns its cheek to for the chance to acquire more greenbacks. Well-placed vocal snippets are strategically positioned and add to the track. Elias drops some of the EP's most memorable lines and will have you rethinking your last couple purchases at Foot Locker. Crayons take on the topic of child abuse and the affects it has on children. Luke is able to showcase his storytelling skills and doesn't disappoint.

The art of the remix has unfortunately changed over the years, instead of trying to build on the original you now have a couple guest MC's rhyming over the songs original beat. Fortunately, Luke decided to follow Common, not Puffy, and has given us a remix more reminiscent of Soul By The Pound then Pass the Courvoisier Part 2. The song "Traveling" that was first heard on Fashion Expo is remixed by Know1 and is just as good if not better then the original offering.

This is a great introduction to what Luke is capable of an MC. This is not a perfect EP, as songs like "I'll Be Good To You" and "Listen Up" don't live up to the standards set by "Success" and "Drowning In My Dreams". Don't let those minor setbacks steer you away, there is plenty of good music you can sink you teeth into. Luke has a full length album scheduled to drop in 2003 and let's hope that he can build on the foundation that was laid with Before I Sold Out and come back even stronger on his full length.


3.5 of 5 stars
source: Sphereofhiphop.com, added: Aug 12, 2006

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