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Torae Entitled Internal Affairs • 2016

Besides rappin, Torae is graced with the talent of networking. While 'Entitled' being only his second record -a solo album away from a hat trick- the Coney Island lyricist always lingers around the corner. With several features on albums from Sean P to Supastition - and collabo's - a studio release with Marco Polo and Skyzoo- Torae keeps circling in your attention span. Just like that, 'Da Young Veteran' hosts a radio show and acted on TV-series 'The Breaks'.

To support the release of 'Entitled', a Kickstarter campaign was launched. With no effort, the limit of $ 10.000 was quickly inned. In return, Torae hosted a listening session at home and organized Skype sessions with the fans. When it comes to networking and promo, Tor doesn't need to be taught anything.

Having a steady network means great names on the album. Producer heavyweights Pete Rock, Premier and Illmind add more depth to the East Coast feel of the record. Honoured artists like Pharoahe Monch, Phonte and Saul Williams join in.

'Entitled' doesn't surprise musically. It's made with great craftsmanship. Still most songs follow the same pattern: tight drums, soulful and hypnotising loops. Hence the music really sticks on you. 'Entitled' entices with addictive boombap. And it tickles with great instrumental highlights. Such as the solid trumpet solo on 'Imperial Sound' and the raunchy guitar outro on 'Override'.

Another thing that pushes the album far above average, is the impressive lyrical side. 'This energy is more than a song', Torae claims. The protagonist's hunger and passion lift this album to a higher level. 'Had to go Rambo to get my wrists Rocky.', punchlines are raw but always overthought: 'to be nice, I rap meanous.'

'Entitled' is a record you get swallowed by.

POSTED ON 01|20|2016 by cpf

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