Real Hip-Hop music is poetic by nature. Some of the best poetry I’ve ever heard has been set to a kicking beat and delivered by a rapper. As Hip-Hop has evolved and moved away from it’s original definers, it seems that this ‘poetry element’ has been lost from a lot of mainstream rap. Original hip-hop celebrated intelligence and knowledge with rappers battling with each other, not over who had the most expensive jewellery or best weaponry, but who had the deepest metaphors and most appealing rhymes. Fortunately for real hip-hop heads and appreciators of this side of the genre, 2014 has seen several releases that once again find the links between hip-hop and poetry and exploit the opportunity to display intelligence over badness.One such release comes from UK artists ‘Adventures Of…’ (Bernard James and Koopa Nut) who recently released new album ‘Love Sick’ through bandcamp.
Album opener ‘Let’s Go Home’ throws the listener straight in with a gorgeously subby base intro and then straight in with the vocal. From the very start of the record ‘Adventures Of…’ displays not only high ability as poets but also skill as rappers, delivering lines with perfect appreciation for the use of language, shortening certain words and elongating syllables to create vocal rhythms. The track also shows Adventures Of’s ability to carry a decent hook.
Track 2, ‘Where We R’ continues in a similar vein, flowing perfectly on from the opener. Track 3 ‘Place to Stay’, a modern day, ever-so-relatable love story is a definite album highlight, with Adventures Of… at their best lyrically and in their delivery. The production of this track particularly stands out, with superb instrumentation creating the parlayed beat.
This display of high ability is continued throughout the album. With subject matters varying but always staying relatable to everyday life, the album is consistently engrossing at the same time as being audibly pleasing.
What is extremely satisfying about this record is it’s continuity. These are artists who know what they’re doing and how to do it expertly, and that’s what they ARE doing, there’s nothing here that shouldn’t be and at 10 tracks, it’s the perfect length to kick back to and enjoy as a complete record, as intended. Recommended listening.
Key Tracks: Lets Go Home, Place to Stay, Live Right, Last Hit, Cold Mornings
Download your copy of the album here :http://preciptoman.bandcamp.com/album/love-sick