Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Unique But Relatable is an Understatement

"Normally it’s just me and my lonely mind
Everyone storm is different so this forecast is only mine"
Back and seemingly moodier, depressed, introspective and transparent as ever, Joey hits the ground runnin' on the first leak from his Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 the Worst album due out on Nov 9th. Rhyming over the slow, steady, ominous knock of a bass-heavy beat that caters to someone spewing their inner thoughts in an emotional tirade, he puts his life on full blast once again, putting a thermometer directly in the heart of his emotional temperature. Like all of his great tracks, you can tell he's ridding himself of demons in a therapeutic way, at points yelling out the lyrics like the words are poisonous and need to be released.

Tracks like this are what make @mousebudden unique. Forget a traditional 16, he goes in until it's all out, no bar scheme needed, he continues to come off brash and unapologetic, but he's still extremely sensitive, observant and creative with his word choices. The tracks that come from his raw emotion are too deep for most Hip Hop fans, which is probably why he takes pride in never being that pop act by conforming to a traditional style of Hip Hop. For me though, lyrics are the lifeblood of why I enjoy Hip Hop music and my fandom has done nothing but increase over the years as Hip Hop artists have continued to raise the bar creativity and intellect wise through lyrics. As an example, take part of his second verse on Black Cloud, where he tears apart his own character delving into his own personal flaws...
"Normally it’s just me and my lonely mind
Everyone storm is different so this forecast is only mine
Fans recognize my misery uplifted me
Shifted me to my epitome, guess the curse is a gift to me
Maybe its serendipity, maybe it’s weighing on me physically
Maybe I should man up and tell God not to solicit me
Been medicated, meditated
Sedated, hated
Character assassinated, all theses years I masqueraded
Hard headed, if it was on my mind I had to say it
Tongue on the devil’s pitchfork to see how disaster tasted
Rap is fabricated, rappers are so exaggerated
Wouldn’t be scared of the truth if they weren’t castrated
Grab a mag, spray it, surrounded by people to shoot it before me
Better unconditionally love my beautiful ugly"
You'll either hate it and be bored with it or really appreciate it for it's transparency, it's that polarizing. If you're like me you'll dissect the lyrics and wish other rappers would be this honest with themselves and their fans...

Give it a listen, but keep in mind it's far from skin deep, so consider yourself warned...

Joe Budden - Black Cloud
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