RELEASE: APRIL 20, 2018 NEW GOLDEN ERA/LIMITLESS VISION
REVIEW BY MICHAEL GRANT, C.E.O. of RePPiN4U/INTERNATIONAL REP for WU-WORLDWIDE DJ COALITION
1994: If there was one aspect I hated with a passion at school, it was studying Shakespeare, particularly that Romeo & Juliet. That story used to get on my last nerves. Two people from rival families fall in love with each other and then end up killing themselves…Give me a break. I used to roll my eyes over that all day. That gave me a ‘troubled’ mindset and wound up the English teacher.
1997: Wu-Tang Forever is released. As stated elsewhere in this blogsite, one of my highlights from that was ‘A Better Tomorrow’ imagine my horror when I discovered 4th Disciple used the sample from that same Shakespeare classic I hate.
Fast forward some 20 odd years later, I come across an artist by the name of ‘Shakezpeare’, introduced to me by our radio cousins FATP HIP HOP SHOW UK, this guy is all about the poetry, and not necessarily in the way William himself would have liked. Don’t call him ‘Trouble’, he’s already TROUBLED, as his latest album suggests (shout out to Method Man, heads will know what I did there), this album takes to a more deeper, almost twisted side to the persona, whether intentional or not. RePPiN4U was blessed to receive an advanced copy of this, and we are about to tell you what you can expect. One thing is guaranteed – more BARS OVER BULLSH!T, with the troubled one himself going in for dolo handling all the production going under the alias ‘TSS BEATS’.
It starts off with ‘Who Am I’, which sees Shakezpeare seemingly re-introducing himself to the world who may not know him too well, it just seems so ironic how I used Wu-Tang’s A Better Tomorrow track from Wu-Tang Forever for this review because their hook states “You can’t party your life away, drink your life away………………….because your seeds grow up the same way”, and the evidence shows when Shakespeare mentions his daughter and how she is just like him. He also knows the value of being blessed as he walks through the ‘Shadows Of’…
“If the milk turns out to be sour, I ain’t the kind of pussy to drink it, you nah’mean?”
My suspicions say that is an altered, distorted voice cameo from FATP’s PC The Producer akin to Raekwon in Supreme Clientele’s ‘Clyde Smith’, but I cannot prove it…not yet. ‘Sour Milk’ is a sure-fire album highlight. Three tracks in, and the album has maintained a haunting, deliberate pace, and it has no intention of stopping. In ‘Misguided’, Shakezpeare does not mince his words with his blunt delivery: “Getting sick of false idols, faking the game/pink dreads and lipstick/battyman strange!”
‘Trouble’ is the first single from this project. Naturally this is the recurring theme throughout, no matter how much Shakezpeare wants to escape, so rather than that, he’s always staying sharp and ahead from backstabbers and will face them head on. Meanwhile, ‘Certy’ sounds like it has the Mobb Deep influence all throughout its sonic production, not to mention it has the stamp of approval from Havoc himself. It’s at this point Shakezpeare decides to turn up the intensity with ‘Looking Glass’, where he sees himself with his ‘inner Blanka’ just begging to be unleashed on the world.
The penultimate skit has a jewel spoken by Dr Malachi Z.York over a SAW theme. It sets the tone for the album’s last track ‘Nah’, where he puts himself on another playing field when it comes to being gutter.
NOT THAT GUY
Conveniently dropping on 4/20, this project is definitely one for the smokers who can zone out and really feel the intensity here and relate to a troubled mind… that is until the final track where at the end of the journey, Shakezpeare kicks you out of his mind and proclaims you are NOT like him, and the likelihood is – he’s right. The album hits like a shaolin buddah finger (soft strikes but can easily kill when struck at the right power point.) The timing is right as well as he will be performing tracks from this album at the Killah Priest show which is days later (at time of this publish). Even if you are ‘straight edge’ like myself, this is an album you can channel your emotions into.