Over the course of the last few months, the Konquest crew members have become the most dominant voices in underground rap, releasing various projects in a wave, either singularly or in collaboration, attempting to revamp the mangled image of positive and conscious rap.
KonQuest (VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel) have always been prolific emoters, converting a wide array of intense feelings, as well as intelligent and heartfelt rhymes. During this run, on the track entitled “Shift”, the raps are sharp and dynamic.
Its VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel’s contributions, textured and nuanced, that make this track a blistering sensory experience. Whether it’s a spectral whisper, the orbiting cosmic chimes of Mickie Moore’s production, or the elegant rhythm, nearly every aspect of the this track hits its mark. It’s an extraordinary triumph of ambitious rap soundscapes and an excellent complement for driven artists.
Overall, the track seems to be full of charisma which carries it to true heights. The music feels ambitious and, more to the point, more than just slightly inspiring. The meticulously conceived project is built following the tried-and-true KonQuest formula of ‘minds over matter’.
A binding glue, that brings together collaborations which yield catchy, sometimes epic, sonic results, strengthened by the collective’s approach and ear for crafting singles designed to grab attention. VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel’s rise from simple rap artists to motivational speakers has made them some of the game’s most interesting voices.
With this track VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel again prove that they have an important place in the underground Hip-Hop game. “Shift” is even more artistic than it means to be, and it is truer than anything they’ve ever made. Its narrative and the lyrical strategies are completely catapulted by the song’s revealing integrity.
It is immensely relatable because it is not afraid to command the listener’s attention. It does not shirk the will to change; it embraces it and, somehow, makes you feel like we’re all in this together.
And in this age of false irony, and the squashing of the search for new experiences down into preconceived events where we’re all so distinctly similar and unchallenging to ourselves, it’s fascinating to see artists like VerseBorn & Wreck The Rebel delve so fearlessly into the completely unfamiliar to seek a higher ground of consciousness that we can all aspire to.