Reach Out World Wide is an organization which was started by Paul Walker back in 2010 as an organization to deliver volunteers to areas affected by disastrous events. They have provided aid to places like Haiti, Alabama, The Philippines, and Chile just to name a few. Regardless of the movies he’s made and the career he’s had, this will be his lasting memory. I’m glad he found Christ and I’m thankful he was able to establish this organization while here.
UK producer Imperial and Sareem Poems (LA Symphony) are gearing up to release an EP together in 2014, which will be released on Illect Recordings. The first nugget from that gold mine is an ode their newly born seeds. Originally released back in March, the Sonny Rollin’s inspired instrumental was dropped by Imperial to celebrate the birth of his son. It only made since that once they decided to work together the track would get a reboot. Sareem also celebrated the birth of his first child in the past year also. A picture he eloquently paints with the verse, “I want to be the earthly father I didn’t believe in.”
Amp Live of Zion I fam is one of hip-hop’s unsung heroes. He so versatile with his production game. Here he brings along Dom, of the Hip-Hop live instrumental group Big Gigantic (Colorado stand up!!), for the ride. It’s a jazzy, electro, dub steppy ride through the mind of the Bay Area native.
Aceyalone’s second album Book Of Human Language sticks in my head as one of the most highly revered albums of all time, regardless of genre. Each composition is independent yet fits snug within the pages of the novel which was being spoken. Each song represents a chapter, each verse a paragraph and each word is a sentence. Aceyalone’s lyrical genius is on full display here. Reinforcing what most everyone knew from All Balls Don’t Bounce and his Freestyle Fellowship contributions, he was at the apex which rappers could only hope to come catch a glimpse. It baffles the mind the number of different styles he seems to create and then disregard as easily as it was created, leaving the waste to be scooped up and used by some emcee bystander. Very few albums, and even fewer rap albums give me the filling I got from the first listen of Book Of Human Language, for that I am grateful and saddened at the same time. I wish other artists, who might be equally talented if they applied themselves, would take the approach to their craft the way Ace did.
NC rapper Luca Brazi drops a new gem. “Unity” is Luca’s social study over some mellow production. With lyrics like “I found out what it means to be Christ-like, to know the pain I’m feeling is finite.” one can not help but examine their own lives while listening. But, Brazi doe not let you stop there, he goes on to let you know it’s okay “I’ve been selfless and egoic, I’ve been cowardly and heroic. I’m just human and I’m just growin”