Ozay Moore - In The Wake Of O

Published Sunday 1st April 2018
Ozay Moore - In The Wake Of O
Ozay Moore - In The Wake Of O

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 168935-26559
LABEL: Illect

Reviewed by Steve Hayes

On playing this album, the identity of the artist quickly became apparent from a range of distinctive and classic projects in my collection. Ozay Moore was previously known as Othello and part of the Lightheaded Collective. 'In The Wake Of O' takes us through a number of themes but in essence it's a look at the move from Othello to Ozay Moore and the reality of being a family man and putting them first rather than being a career-driven rapper. Leading us off is "Thumb Drive" in which Ozay lays down this journey through delectable jazzy finesse and flowing storytelling - Talib Kweli stand aside! This carries on into the equally jazz-laden "Good" where Ozay expresses his satisfaction with life. This is a project full of outstanding production as well as guest emcees like Lightheaded, Propaganda, Sareem Poems and others. Without exception the guests enhance the album, fuelling the beautifully old school, sometimes boom bap, sometimes contemporary feel, all with soulful soliloquies. Ozay Moore manages to seamlessly blend both a classic feel to the album as well as ever-creative production. We see this from the boom bap to the West Coast "WSTCST" to the slightly underground feel of "Wow." to "Transparent See" with the emcee reflecting Ozay Moore's love and passion. This is a piece of finely crafted workmanship which could have been subtitled 'A Master Wordsmith At Work'.

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