Soul Purpose - The Construction
Soul Purpose, seems to be a centrally located sound from all coasts. For as long as Hip Hop can remember (or atleast until about five years ago, it was coasts that broke up Hip Hop. Whether it was murder or indie that killed that division, Soul Purpose, though from the East Coast (New Jersey), manages to blend all coast flavors.
Lyrical tone (of Mazzi) that can be quickly compared to legends such as Q-Tip and Kanye West, the beats and overall record cuts are a tribute to West Coast, and even a hint of Midwest (RSE) underground scene. Speaking of underground scene, look for plenty of guest stars in what appears to be SP's sophomore cuts, but only a fool would dip into guest stars already. I know Dennis gave high praise on their 2003 disc, Breaking Records.
The Way That We Live has a very popular branding of verse and female chorus joints. Same styles on No Good, which I might have to go out on ledge and call one of my favorite tracks. Concrete Jungle has a plastic rhyme content to begin, but the beat is sick, and the breaks and valleys are filled nicely by Mazzi. Track ten I'm Pacin', also uses a very familiar sample distorted just a bit. Another terrific track that gives me a an almost Cypress Hill feel at first is The Other White Meat which has serious lyrical content, sick scribbling and a dark vital line for the beat.
I'm not sure if this is their first release since 2003, but there is an enormous mix of different genre Rap from old school to 21st century, and a matching roster of guest appearances which include but are not limited to; Murs, Wordsworth, C-Rayz Walz, and Special K. Though I'm not yet completely sold on his lyrical writing skills, the beats and hooks have me coming back for more Construction.
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