Api.LEGIT’s first work of musical art “Earresponsible,”completely self-produced, takes the listener on a roller coaster of emotions. This body of work, better known as Theatrical Grunge Rap, displays lyricism, crazy word play, deep content, messages, and a ridiculous amount of character. Born Jalal Reamey Jr, Api.LEGIT found a love in music early on in life. Api stands for Artfully Providing Information/Intellect/Insight/Inspiration, etc. While LEGIT, stands for League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Introducing Talent.
Where there is monotony, there will always be the ingenuity that breaks away from false images, boring beats, and dead-end lyrics. “Earresponsible,” is the ultimate example of this. Grimy strings, drum beats and pulsating bass-lines lay the foundations of how this genre of rap music was created. Un-formulaic and different, when you first listen to this, it will be like “What the …?” After the second listen, the music will consume you, and you’ll fall into Api.LEGIT’s swinging beats, awe-inspiring theatrical flows, and indulge in something highly original.
In a way, “Earresponsible” is groundbreaking. It creates an interesting sub-culture within the Rap and Hip Hop genre, and changes some perceptions of the movement, much like what happened when Rap and Hip Hop moved into dramatic theatre. Giving birth to some of the most creative shows to make it to theatre venues, such as Jonzi D’s Breakin’ Convention, Boy Blue’s Pied Piper and Zoonation’s Into The Hoods.
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Api.LEGIT moves from classic mainstream rap to artistically dramatic deliveries, as if he was playing multiple roles in a movie. Everything is beautifully garnished with complex sets of samples, loops, and sound effects, to deliver the ultimate listening experience.
“Earresponsible” is tough, funny, raw, amazing, entertaining, catchy, explicit and head spinning all at the same time. Api.LEGIT’s style remains hard throughout, and often metaphoric in describing the hard, distorted world we live in.
With 22 entertaining tracks to wallow in, variety, and depth is the order of the day. My highlights include: “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” “Pay Attention!” “Tonight’s The Night,” “Men In Black Hoodies,” “Father Father,” “Do You Love Me,” “Heart Of Metal,” “Pain” and my absolute favorite rap track of the year so far, “It Passes.” But this album is so strange and amazing that you can listen to it a thousand times and find some new beat, lyric, and metaphor that you love each time.
Hip Hop is currently in a sad state creative of affairs. You find would-be rap artists, who have no flow or any talent whatsoever, keep popping up like the plague. But it doesn’t stop there, they keep bringing in there crew too, who usually have less talent than themselves. So if you want good creative hip hop, you need to find artists like Api.LEGIT.
This album is the cornerstone of what good creative hip hop should be. Api.LEGIT has his own distinct sound, made better with the great production skills displayed on this mixtape.
If you don’t already own this, go out and get it now. If you do already have this, then you know why it’s so good!
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