Sa-Ra - The Hollywood Recordings
Bring your sense of humor, cause other than dope beats, and the occasional lyrical showing, or rap, this album is going to take a bit of patience to understand. R&B, Hip Hop, Trance, Dance, Funk, and Soul, it's all packaged nicely, but something is missing.
Terrific production is not the question on The Hollywood Recordings, rather the integrity of the lyricism and story. For instance track ten Bitch, which has smooth rhythms, but a chorus that just lacks in not only public appeal, but writers integrity. "Do you wanna be my bitch" is repeated thoroughly enough for the woman activists to have a field day with. The following track takes on similiar footing, "Do Me Gurl" aches in BBD (Bell Biv Devoe) brash lyricism, regardless of the smooth undertaking beat. Don't pick up all of what I'm putting down...This album has some serious advantages.
Track four And If has a great tempo, and though the beats and samples overflow on one another a bit, thats most likely the target. The lyricism though not completely clear, has a nice tone as well and positive vibe, or so it seems. The following track there will be Rosebuds and this has a smooth atmosphere like the rest of the disc, interluding between the world of Outkast and Lyrics Born.
Though my initial reaction to this LP is slighted, something tells me the slick production, smooth flow, and great atmospheric blend will become something to relax to. With the backing of industry names like Dr. Dre, Kanye West and Pitchfork Media and guest appearances from Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu and Kurupt, something tells me Sa-Ra's prequel sophomore effort will have no problems selling their style.
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