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- Tony Stone: 1
- Joey Beats: 2, 7, 8
- Shawn J Period: 3
- Relic: 4, 6, 9, 10
- Finer Arts: 5
- Dert: 11
- The Hobbyist: 12
- Magnet: 13
1. Slow burn
2. Son come down
3. As one
5. Wasted tears
6. Well traveled - featuring Explicit of Mass Reality
7. Crime of the century
8. Love you anyway
9. Kept the Break
11. Spare change
12. And uhh...
|Rating:||Our users rated this release: 8 out of 10|
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|Review:||Written by Nomad |
Thursday, 27 October 2005
Sev Statik - Slow Burn
Sev Statik, member of the Tunnel Rats and Deepspace 5 crews,
presents "Slow Burn". This veteran rapper is one of the
more prolific in the game today. This is his 4th solo album
after numerous cameos, group projects and even a few albums
under an alias. He's paid his dues, built his street cred
and deserves respect. This Albany, NY emcee spits street
level raps... straight NY rough style. This is hip-hop from
the street for the street.
Sevís style has matured and morphed slightly on this album.
While other offerings were good, this album continues to
show the artistís growth as a lyricist and as an overall
artist in relation to beat choice and overall album
composition. Slow Burn is a decidedly moody album, exposing
sorrow, pain, hope and disappointment. The beats are more
diverse and emotive than other offerings and really give a
musical depth that well suits the depth of StatikĎs lyrics
A diverse array of producers showcase their talent on Slow
Burn: Tony Stone, Joey Beats, Shawn J. Period, Relic The
Oddity, Finer Arts, JB!!, Dert, Gershom and The Hobbyist.
Turntable acrobatics by the likes of DJ Majic, Money Mike,
and J-Swift create a stellar supporting cast to Sev Statikís
leadership. Itís like a whoís who of underground
While each producer has his own style, there is a common
feel that keeps the album cohesive. Tracks like 'Slow
Burn', 'As One' and 'Spare Change' are up-tempo gems
with cuts, chopped samples and hard kick/snare drum breaks.
Contrast these with the mournful 'Kept the Break' with its
stripped and sad piano loop, 'Wasted Tears' haunting vocal
samples or the layered sounds of 'Line Life'. As an added
bonus, between many tracks are short creative musical
interludes which seem to further mature the album.
Truth, justice, poverty, greed and personal struggle are
exposed like a raw nerve on Slow Burn. Sev slogs his lyrical
boots through the cityís dank alleys, shining his light on
the ills he sees. 'Well Traveled' and 'Line Life' reveal
the heart of a rapper who loves hip hop but struggles with
the pain of making good music and a living at the same time.
He shares the struggle that goes on inside a man who sees
pain all around and believes God has the answer for all of
it. More than any individual songís message though, the
entire album comes together to reveal a complex manís take
on a complex world.
Sev Statik's trademark raspy voice and silky flow bless the
tracks. His wordplay is excellent; words and ideas
intertwine with double meanings and emotive imagery. There
is a depth of thought and emotion not often seen in artists.
Sev is in the game for the long term. While others may flare
up in a burst of light and smoke, Sev will still be here
slowly burning and always bringing the heat.
4 of 5 stars
|source: Sphereofhiphop.com, added: Aug 12, 2006|