STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 173830-27680 LABEL: Reach FORMAT: Digital Only Album
Reviewed by John Farrington
A plethora of releases in the space of three years including two EPs and two albums show that this in-house hip-hop producer with Reach Records is by no means short of inspiration. In fact, the release of 'Panorama' makes you wonder whether he's only just getting started. Gawvi has a message that he doesn't want his fans to miss. The album is a complete listening experience from start to finish. No skips necessary. The Bronx-born Dove Award winner explores what it looks like to battle through life's greatest challenges. "Slingshot" is Gabriel Azucena's declaration of taking his faith seriously, "No, we don't play." It's a duel between him and the Devil illustrated by David's fight with Goliath in the Bible. "Fight For Me" is the standout of the album. A collaboration with Reach's superstar Lecrae that primarily discusses Azucena's journey in discovering who he is as an artist and calling for his fans to support him through that exploration. "GNO", "Imperium" and "Dulce" are all examples of how the artist hailing from Miami has matured his sound since 'We Belong', the latter indulging in his Latino flair. Effortless rapping combined with an impressive glean of sounds and beats fans of Chance The Rapper, Lecrae and John Givez will love this.
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