Scoop Lo is back is back with his 2015 album, “Dorian Gray Vol. 2: Travels and Muses”. Right from the top this goes from soft to hard and everything in between and leaves you wanting more. The album has such a great variety of moods and is far removed from the usual clichés. As usual, Scoop Lo brings a whole lot sensuality to his songs, and as the album title suggests, there’s plenty to talk about here!
Classic albums are very hard to come by these days; where it seems all the material we hear in music is disposable and forgettable after a few short weeks. Scoop Lo is an exception. He is an artist, not just an emcee. His creativity is what comes across in a blaring light. This is a complete album, with no fillers. Nine songs that blend well which each other, each telling a chapter of a story, and fulfills the void that is left in hip-hop at its current state.
Much like making love, Scoop Lo starts off the album with some slow paced foreplay after the introduction interlude. The standouts here are “Immortal (feat. Kajimer Royale)” and “The Wave”. These groovy slow burners are meant to wet your appetite and get you ready for the fireworks about to come. And the climax comes with “Pay As You Go (feat. Dyce the P)” and “Up All Night”, where Scoop Lo steps up the momentum and rides the beat hard, into a wild frenzy of party rhythms.
He begins to slowly wind things down with “Wet Dream (feat. Tashi)”, before falling into the sultry “Find Me (feat. Tinashe)”, that forges some of the most heart-melting vocal hooks I’ve heard this year. No doubt, Scoop Lo’s appeal will cross over to many genres while his creativity and pure talent should merit support.
Al throughout “Dorian Gray Vol. 2: Travels and Muses”, Scoop Lo experiments with different tones, sounds and rapping styles, showing us that he’s a multi-faceted character that isn’t going to just be the same type of boring, dull, rapper that gets too much air time on the radio talking about the same things. In a way this is a kind of sex and love concept album; subjects that Scoop Lo treats completely differently to most other rappers.
MORE ABOUT SCOOP LO – During his career, Scoop Lo has been signed to Def Jam and has opened shows for major artists, including Trey Songs. He has also landed advertising and sponsorship deals, before deciding to launch his own imprint, The Debonaire Group. Born into a first generation Jamaican household, music has been in Scoop Lo’s life since he could walk and talk. His interest in storytelling would be sparked by hip hop, particularly LL Cool J. As he got older, he landed on a few notable DJ mixes but he felt like something was missing. His father asked him why he didn’t move in his showcases. So he started studying Usher, Michael Jackson and finally fell onto Missy Elliot.