Pharoahe Monch’s forthcoming album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) is less than two weeks from its 22nd of March release date, and lead single Clap (One Day) has just received the video treatment. More than just a run of the mill music video, though, Clap is a 10 minute short film, starring The Wire’s Gbenga Akinnagbe as well as Kim Howard and Josiah Small and directed by Terence Nance.
The power of words, communication and misdirection are reflected
Inspiration is a word right at the heart of Oh Drat, and the emotions that this film evokes are palpable as we’re invited to witness events unfolding around a disastrously fated New York police raid. The power of words, communication and misdirection are reflected both in the film’s plot device and the visual reinforcement of the metaphor behind the word clap, as Pharoahe weaves his assertive message around an M Phazes production and original score by Lion’s Share Music Group.
Rewd Adams is getting to the stage where the ‘formerly known as Skandal’ tag is no longer required when describing him, and in order to bang the final nails into that coffin he’s just about to drop a free LP. The generous 13 track’s major themes revolve around Rewd’s determination in spite of obstacles laid in his path, whether in the form of of circumstances or other people standing in his way.
major themes revolve around Rewd’s determination in spite of obstacles laid in his path
‘Onwards and upwards’ is the overarching philosophy to the collection, perhaps best illustrated by tracks like I Know, and it’s a refreshing change of tack in the face of so many rappers who seem to be constantly at loggerheads with someone or something.
Stylistically there’s a mix of soul samples, spacey synth beats and crunchy orchestral sections courtesy of Jon Phonics, M-Phazes, Beat Butcha, Sivey, Ed Strong, Loudmouth Melvin and Jetsun. There’s a fairly homogenous middling tempo to the LP, which is a shame considering 2009′s Hunger Pains mixtape showed off Adams’ range and capabilities with double time and half time flows, but nevertheless Rewd keeps things interesting throughout, assisted by guest appearances from Klashnekoff, P Money, Black the Ripper, and the vocal talents of Graziella and Neenah.
Production values to all the tracks are high, with crisp, well balanced mix downs providing clear vocals, thundering bass and smooth highs.
Rewd Awakening will be available to download for free from Rewd Adams’ site on the 5th of February… Keep an out out for an interview with Rewd on Oh Drat, published soon.