RaM is at the Age of 21 From The UK and has been writing music and performing for 5 years, and is a Part Of The Time2FlowMusic Team, so here is the review for the Time2FlowEntertainment Presents The Long Awaited 4th Mixtape From RaM Called What They Want
Up and coming artist RAM from the UK, has been on the scene for a while and I decided to review his latest project entitled What They Want. He raps with a lot of heart, hunger, and determination on this project. He spits with a lot of punch lines and his flow is very unique. It starts with the intro, and my first thought was ok very interesting way to begin a project. Party is a great standout track and is very commercial from the norm from the UK scene featuring a very good standing feature from Abbz. All I need to know is a good track also. My favorite track is My story this is a track where I hear RAM’s story and what got him here I hear this from very few artists these days, and I love the hook “I need to tell ya my story about my dreams and hopes of that have gone achieving fame and glory” I love that hook that hit home I’m a big fan of hooks. Also Live life is another good personal track Unbelievable is another favorite track. Want you back is a side of RaM that I can personally relate to as a person myself going through the same issue. Off the Record remix is a great ending for the project. Overall I like the concept of the mixtape, and I also like RaM’s flow and hunger on this project, but the project is a bit long and the middle section of the project seems to be just filler portion where just to fill in and also seems to have a lot of features where I felt hearing RaM as an artist would have been a much better project. Also the production was also lacking for what RaM was trying to accomplish. RaM does have the potential to be an artist to be reckoned with, with better production and a polish style he will be one of the top UK Underground artists of the future.
Outstanding tracks: Party, My Story, and Off the Record
Overall 3.6 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Phillip “Philasophikal” Coats
What Elliott Niezel and San ‘The Instru-Monumentalist’ have created is Against the Grain – contrary to one’s natural inclination or feeling of someone or something. This project goes against the mean and popular belief, following an entirely new path. The year was 1996 and San, music producer, graphic designer, and business man, happened to find himself amongst the right people, leading him to serious pursuit of a career in music. Sixteen years later, he was introduced to the work of emcee, Elliott Niezel, on a record titled “Dream Catchers” from Soulogik’s album, Cabin Fever. After exploring more of Elliott’s work, including his studio album, The Leap Year, he decided to reach out to him in the hopes of working together. At that point, these two music-focused souls started tossing ideas and concepts around for a collaboration, leading them to the conclusion of something against the grain. Their idea was to create something completely new and unique – unorthodox; an album focused on the idea of the ‘plague doctors’. It was a desperate time that called for desperate measures, where men of conviction and raw passion were needed more than ever. San and Elliott began developing a theme that would bring a new and interesting flavor to the role of social commentator, emcee, while carving out a sound rich enough for the role of producer – overall sonic orchestrator and conductor. Elliott and San are using this album to convey their opinions of music business and their roles within it. Frustrated with the lack of musical creativity, innovation, and integrity in the business, these two men felt obliged to ‘inject the life serum’ into this otherwise diseased and desperate playing field. By scrapping against the grain, they have created a project completely opposite of today’s musical trends. Against the Grain is spanning continents, with San located in Maseru, Lesotho, and Elliott, in Santa Barbara, California. This distance and cultural diversity has helped expand their boundaries and push the creativity to an unexplored level. The hope is that this project leaves the listener with a deeper understanding of these two talented men and their thoughts on grinding against the grain – no rules pertaining. So, sit down and roll up, and feel the energy, passion, and truth resonating through your speakers.
When I’m introduced to a project in my hands, I take it all with a certain caution and excitement either I’m going to be truly impressed and on repeat through my speakers or I’m going to be disappointed. I am definitely excited about this project as it has been highly reviewed and promoted. We have a project from up and coming producer San ‘The Instru-Monumentalist’ (as previously reviewed VerbalArts) and one of my personal top ten underground artists today, Elliott Niezel (as previously reviewed Wonderland), these two artists have come together for a collaborative project titled, Against the Grain. We first start off with a powerful introduction to the self entitled track Against the Grain. Sanpaper is a side I really enjoy hearing that gritty style that really suites Elliott really well. Druids is a journey of a tale of Elliott’s resume of his previous projects, “My records munch on the internet writing my name in YouTube like a waiting list”, caught me by surprise research that line and you’ll understand what that means. Gloveless is entering in the life into Elliott’s mindset as a struggle with his soul and everyday life. Frenimies features Inverse Tangent ENT’s own RealDeal. He shows his power, energy and his heartfelt struggle and mic presence on this track, and one of my favorite tracks on the album. Another personal favorite is Separation Anxiety. The stash also brings out a personal side of Elliott speaking on his past and how he continues regardless of what he’s being told. Blood and bread talks about the blood, sweat and tears he puts into music, and speaking on family, money and struggle. Underground and Ativan Caravan feel like fillers of the album and just don’t fit well but he does tell a great story and show Elliott’s lyrical ability. Society shows his rage against society and his beliefs, Elliott vs. the world take on his enemies, politics, death and the relationships. Overall I’m impressed with Elliott’s hooks and energy, if he came out with a straight r and b/rap album that would be really something to listen to. Again the chemistry San continues to bring out of these artists is impeccable and labels and the underground circuit should really take notice. I prefer Wonderland, but this album shows Elliott’s consistency and continued improvement in music, he is definitely moving into one of the top underground artists today.
Outstanding Tracks: Gloveless, Frenimies, Separation Anxiety, Blood and Bread, Society
- Against the Grain
- Frenimies ft RealDeal
- Separation Anxiety
- The Stash
- Blood and Bread
- Ativan Caravan
- The Ether Way
Overall Rating 4.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by: Phillip “Philasophikal” Coats
1. Origins of Language (Intro)
2. Verbal Arts
3. Sunny Side up
4. Dead of Winter feat Elliott Niezel
5. Delilah feat Slim Pickens
The story that has through time become known as VerbalARTs begins with Dr. Lekta travelling through the wasteland still struggling with his split personality Hip Hopkins. Along the way he meets a fellow traveller, beat smith and warrior by the name of San, the Instru-Monumentalist. San informs Lekta of a place not too far off called the City Of Realms where its inhabitants are a people polluted by wack music. Together, they agree to embark on a quest for the city with righteous intention of cleansing it of this plague. In preparation, San forges a sword for the Dr and explains that if he proves successful in freeing the city from the musical mediocrity that enslaves it, he will find purpose and in turn be rewarded with a remedy for his split personality.
As the Dr explores the City of Realms, slaying anyone verbally and physically in his path with fine crafted beats provided by San, the two are unstoppable on their journey and the story of the Dr lives on.
I went into this album not knowing what to expect from Dr. Lekta alongside production from San, the Instru-Monumentalist. This project from Dr.Lekta is a great improvement and is Lekta’s best project up to date. This album is very well-balanced and comes off as very mellow and Lekta’s strongest and lyrical effort I’ve heard from him. San, the Instru-Monumentalist seems to really bring a side of Lekta that has seemed to be missing from his previous projects. Lekta sounds very comfortable and also gritty and still hungry as usual on what Lekta has previously presented to his fans and to the World will be very pleased. It starts with the “Origin of Language” introduction, and then you get a very powerful start to the Journey with the track entitled “Verbal Arts”. Also Lekta has also displayed his range on hooks with “Sunny Side up”. I love the hook,”They say it’s the sunny side up living in the dark, I’m ready to rise up soon it’ll be the day when ya times finally up, when stick in the place where it all begun.” Also the features from Elliott Niezel (Dead of Winter) and Slim Pickens (Delilah) are far from a dropoff, Niezel’s smooth hook and Slim Pickens comes through with a dope verse and a focused hook. My only gripe with the project and previous projects and continues here is that Lekta has a very unique flow to his style no one else has his style or flow which is a good thing, but comes off as hard to hear at times where I had to go back to just to hear that “what did he just say type of excitement”, this is a great touch to his style but could come off as a letdown for new listeners. This project is worth every listener’s ears this is a project that will have the heads definitely raving about for a long time. On a personal note Lekta really left me with wanting more which is a great thing but also wish these two very talented artists San, the Instru-Monumentalist and Dr. lekta continue to work in the future they seem to have developed a great chemistry together on this project.
Standout tracks: Sunny Side Up, Dead of Winter, Delilah
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Phillip “Philasophikal” Coats
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