“Never Knew Him” – Brutha Smith hits all bases extremely effectively!
“Never Knew Him” is the first single off the forthcoming album, Effigy from artist Brutha Smith. Set for release in January 5, 2015 Effigy covers a series of personal stories from Brutha Smith’s history. Each, a piece of the man he once was, or helped shape, the man he became. By making these songs Brutha Smith believes he is creating an auditory effigy and burning the man away.
Mastered to to emulate the sound and feel of a vinyl album on a record player, “Never Knew Him” tells the tale of how Brutha Smith’s father left him and his mother, then subsequently becoming sober and returning in Brutha’s teens to take custody of him and try to undo the damage done by leaving his life in the first place. This song is full of pain tempted with hope for a rebuilding of a family tie that was damaged but thankfully never lost.
Brutha Smith raps dramatically about his upbringing and how he struggled through to overcome his beginnings without a father. I love this song. Brutha Smith profiles his talent and flow with each line in each verse. This song is inspired and moving. Though sad and painful, “Never Knew Him” has a very classy and luxurious vibe that shows a matured rapper. Smith also pulled no punches and dug out the best and most brilliant production possible. The production has plenty of melodic piano lines and rhythmic drums.
Top to bottom, “Never Knew Him” is the single most serious rap artists’ dream of conjuring up. Autobiographical without being exaggeratedly syrupy, critical without being hypocritical, aggressive without being imprudent, Brutha Smith hits all bases extremely effectively!
Overall “Never Knew Him” does live up to the hype. Brutha Smith goes through and talks about the things that he went through as a young boy. It’s very deep and personal and ends in the best possible way -with the words “I love you Joe.” Showing a relationship between a father and a son, that has come full circle. After hearing this track you’ll know why Brutha Smith deserves love and respect from all hip-hop fans.
—More About Brutha Smith —
Since 2008, Brutha Smith has been serving up a non-stop helping of raw energy & entertainment to his abundantly loyal fanbase. Having performed alongside acts such as TECH N9NE, TWIZTID, MGK, HED PE, KMK, and, well, pretty much the entire Psychopathic, Subnoize, Strange Music lineups, along with many other gifted and talented local Sacramento emcee’s, combined with non-stop footwork and online promotion from the Brutha Smith Street Team, it’s no wonder people can’t keeping his name off their tongues.
Slated for release in 2015, “EFFIGY,” the upcoming full-length follow up to Brutha Smith’s highly-rated, fan favorite album “THE LOTUS EFFECT,” will prove to be his most challenging project to date. Reaching deep into the darkest places of his past, Brutha Smith is setting out to construct an album built around the most personal lyrics to ever cross his lips in an attempt to shed his skin and continue evolving.