A black and Indian revolutionary, Eli Uno’s, diverse musical references are expressed in his brand of organic, versatile hip-hop. Eli Uno launched his career as a recording artist in a multimillion dollar recording studio courtesy of his musical mentor and Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer Ashley Ingram. Eli manages his music career participating in all aspects including public relations, media distribution, and promotions.
Eli Uno’ mixtape, ‘The Metropolitan Rebellion’ (a Las Vegas finest compilation), is a 20-track affair. So if you are superficial then you will never be able to fully appreciate this well-crafted work for what it is. This album touches on so many issues affecting African-Americans, and the rest of America as well. Surely if you listen closely to the mixtape you’ll hear some of his commentary about the subjects he explores.
Eli Uno does more than scratch the surface as with each listen, you’ll pick up something that you missed before. Some of the things you may miss are minor, other things could have you debating over what the song really is about, or what message Eli is truly trying to convey. I won’t be helping you on this one, as this would give you an unfair advantage or maybe allow you to skip tracks, which is really not part of the deal when listening to an interesting recording such as this.
However I will tell you which are the standout tracks, and therefore my favorites. Whatever you do, “On Nine”, “Work”, “Rugged”, “Motivation”, “I Found”, “Medicate” and “Freaky Girl”, are absolutely not to be missed. Besides the catchy production, Eli Uno’s lyrics just capture your imagination – they are colorful and thought provoking. Eli doesn’t just throw out bland lyrics trying to make it from one hook to the next. You can tell he put thought into every song. It never comes across as if he went into the booth and said whatever came off the top of his head. At least that’s my impression, if he did just shoot from the top of his head, than that’s even more brilliant!
Ambitious, progressive and experimental are a few words that come to my mind when describing ‘The Metropolitan Rebellion’, as the productions move from old-school, to alternative, to electro, commercial and hardcore. Crossing over all boundaries, Eli Uno takes risks and shows that he is not afraid to push the envelope. Whether people will give him the credit he deserves remains to be seen.