STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153809-22623 LABEL: Humble Beast FORMAT: Digital Only Album
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
Known as a poet and wordsmith, Jackie Hill Perry makes her foray into the world of hip-hop music. Jackie Hill Perry has a beautiful and generally gentle poetic and storytelling style ("Educated Fool") and her words draw you in to the track. But don't mistake the gentleness for a lack of punch or passion (hear the vocal inflections on "The Solution"). "Better" showcases a good balance of guests and artist, with the vocal fire of JGivens and the sweet sounds of Natalie Lauren. Production is steady and tight throughout. With an album that others have rightly likened to The Roots and Lauryn Hill at times, it's hardly surprising that "An Ode To Lauryn" has a Fugees-style hook on the chorus. The poet-turned-rapper has released a project that draws us to Christ, showcases a great emcee and brings us back to those deep soulful East Coast vibes. Well worth investigating.
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