Elias - Scraps Of Paper

Published Tuesday 1st March 2005
Elias - Scraps Of Paper
Elias - Scraps Of Paper

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10805-9943
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Elias Wallace, who hails from Colton, California, weighs in with an erratic debut. The opener "Everything" sounds like an unconvincing experiment of an acoustic singer/songwriter trying to rap. But when Elias moves on to tougher street sounds like "Fair And Balanced" and "Last Night" he's not without appeal, exuding a West Coast swagger. The problem is Elias' raps are rhythmically unadventurous so even when he's got a phat rhythm and a message of spiritual rebirth the emcee seldom truly engages the listener. I know Elias' work with the Scribbling Idiots collective and his appearances on several albums by other emcees such as Luke Geraty have built Elias' reputation on the hip-hop underground. But I still feel his best work is ahead of him.

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Posted by Jessica Laverdure in Great Falls Montana @ 22:07 on Oct 4 2005

I strongly disagree i had te pleasur in meeting elias and listen to his band in person and i think he has some pretty strong lyrics

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