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Rasheed Chappell Future Before Nostalgia Kay-Dee Records • 2011

Project City, New Jersey lyricist Rasheed Chappell is a painter with words. As an author of a poetry book, Chappell plays all the cards of his vocabulary in order to turn his debut album into a sound palette full of imagery. ‘My audio is visual’, he states in ‘Stay Sharp’. A promise that he underlines in songs like ‘Picasso In Print’ –the title says it all- and ‘Ghetto Children’, where ghetto conditions and black consciousness are depicted with strong metaphors.

The energy on this record seems limitless. While Chappell is driven by an unsaturated motivation to rap and views that are strongly socio-political (‘victimized by this racist society, my ghetto-ideology is part Panter, no cure no answers’), Kenny Dope throws in a hyperactive old school break from time to time. Dope’s affiliation with funk and soul music, add a nostalgic twist to the album. Fans of Kutmasta Kurt will recognize ‘What I’m Here 4’ while ‘Break Loose’ is straight up 1989, on some hardcore Juice Crew ish.

Not too preachy, but at the same time sharp and consistent, and dead serious about his rapping job, Rasheed Chappell’s enthusiasm is infatuating. ‘I’m prepared for the fall of Rome, the crown, the throne’, he rhymes convinced and, based on this album, we even tend to believe him.

POSTED ON 08|04|2011 by cpf

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