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Saint About Time Domination/Pro Se Rec • 2008

There's a big chance that you haven't heard of Saint before, but a few details will school and enthusiast the dedicated underground fan: Saint started his career with the remix of two Unspoken Heard songs whilst being an audio engineer at Seven Heads Records, he released his debut album 'Grown Folk Music' with features from Grap Luva, Mr Man of Bush Babees, and Vinia Mojica a.o. plus he formed the crew The Good People, whose EP contained collabos with El da Sensai, Kool Kim, Prince Po and Cadence a.o.

But enough background, now enter 2008, where Saint reflects on the heydays of hip-hop where jazz standards, funky basslines and uplifting drums were king, and where he manifestively rejects the current state of commercialism where inadequate media and hollow ego-rappers are emperors. On 'Do You Remember' for example, where he’s chilling on memory lane, contemplating on the good old days and criticizing today’s artists and radio, or the excellent flute-driven upbeat 'Can't Relate (to corny beats)' featuring Muneshine and Emskee ('I last when I reminisce over this'). Saint proves to be the real 'Renaissance Man' ('God bless the child that does it all on his own, sitting in the studio so long, he calls it his home') embracing the do-it-yourself mentality that’s so holy for an underground artist.

Whereas the album holds themes and production that lean towards mid-school greatness, there’s more that shows versatility in Saint's work: thematically in 'Wisdom Over Weapons' where he tackles the war-philosophy of the US government along with partner-in-peace Cadence ('Forget the war on problems we need solutions'), or productional, as he even goes R&B on the excellent 'If You Would Just' featuring Honey Larochelle, or New Jack Swing on the uplifting 'Promise', a track that could've come from Big Daddy Kane's 'Taste Of Chocolate" or 'Prince Of Darkness' album. But then he switches again to contemporary hip-hop with Latin jazz vibes (mind the influence of a typical Unspoken Heard track) on 'Livin Phenomenons' (feat. Mr Man of the Bush Babees).

It's not really 'About Time' because it's not the first time that somebody comes and explains us how great hip-hop used to be and how wack a huge part of today's artists are nowadays, but everytime such artist steps up and revolts we still enjoy it, we still reminisce along with him (or her) and secretely hope that albums like these will convert one kid or another, or at least find its way to a bigger crowd.

POSTED ON 08|30|2008 by cpf

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