Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Masquerades & Silhouettes
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop
Though it's not always obvious, much of Massive Attack's sound is informed by their time spent in the hip-hop underground. So it's only fitting that the first release on their Melankolic label is from Lewis Parker, a young... more »
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Though it's not always obvious, much of Massive Attack's sound is informed by their time spent in the hip-hop underground. So it's only fitting that the first release on their Melankolic label is from Lewis Parker, a youngster (21 at the time of this album) with a penchant for relating his experiences in science-fiction terminology. Parker, however--well, he's not a Jedi yet. His rhymes have potential, and he has an interesting outlook, but he has yet to find the verbal flow to pull it all together, though he comes closest on "Crusades," which is a shame, as it's the album's most generic track. Still, the eight songs here do occasionally sound as if they come from a galaxy far, far away--the production incorporates sweeping Brazilian tinges, clarinets, and some great drum sounds (though without any real rhythmic innovations)--but it's grounded in the familiar (a warm needle scratch, crackle-and-pop background). The force is strong in Parker, though, and this is a promising debut. --Randy Silver
Lost in the sand dunes
r_orbach | 10/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lewis Parker was one of the first hip hop albums I can say I truly listened to without a moments laps in concentration from beginning to end, he takes you on a great journey though the pyramids to star wars without the usual unintelligent cussing that has become so prominent in hip hop today.
This album is a must have for any hip hop fan who likes a high degree of thought put into the lyrics."
Hip hop's star child
J.C. | usa | 01/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Quite possibly the most sophisticated (lyrically) hip hop album I've ever heard. His prophetic lyrics give an enlightened and universal insight into the human spirit. He's much like a Bob Marley, if he had been locked in room with the star wars films for a few years. He's easily one of the most intellectual and spiritually enlightened mcs I've ever been able to buy on a cd. Hip hop needs, now more then ever, for its mcs like Lewis Parker to be made more accessible to the masses. I'm going to give hip hop a second chance because of him. I would suggest all thinkers get this album soon."