Rapper KEI-SHON-SON front man of the collective Hiphop project, “Tha SleepWalkers” has had a love for creating unique and memorable music from early on. At the tender age of 15, he started saving his money while working at McDonald’s. He then purchased a small Yamaha keyboard and a 4-track Tascam tape recorder, and started to create some of his first beats. Years later he began recording in a one bedroomed apartment, but he was always very timid about his music and worried that the neighbors would hear him rapping and singing for hours on end each night.
Take after take however, he became more confident in his abilities. He knew that his music was different as he focused on rapping about work-related issues, something other artists had not yet paid much attention to. All this time he attempted to hold down a regular 9-5 job, but the economic recession pointed him right back to his music. The only thing he felt that he really knew and understood.
Now it seems all those years of back room playing has finally paid off, as KEI-SHON-SON seems to have grown into a complete artist who continues to perfect his skills.
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KEI-SHON-SON has actually been rapping for over 10 years on the underground scene, where he has built a large following which he calls “World Wide”. During that time, he also continued being a manager and recording engineer in addition to his other passions of blogging and writing. Subsequently, after years of balancing these many tasks, he is now focusing on marketing his recorded works. He feels that he is well prepared to achieve his goals, in that he has almost three decades of learning experiences behind him, concerning the intricacies of the music business.
Tha SleepWalkers’ latest Mixtape is entitled “Sub-Conscience” and it kicks out with the title track. A stark twangy arrangement over a tight rolling midnight-alley beat, sustains KEI-SHON-SON’s cool street-strutting rhymes. The song times in at 2:24, and the first thing you notice, glimpsing down the track list, is that this rapper doesn’t fall into the trap of elaborate preaching sermons practiced by many of his contemporaries. He keeps his messages short, sharp and straight out front.
“Let Live” lays down a heavier gangsta beat style with a sublime keyboard hook running down the middle, while “She Looka Good” is a snake spitting street rumbler.
On “Sleep Walking”, KEI-SHON-SON digs his heels into the world wide web, the 24/7 online marketing game, and what he calls it’s ‘digital drugs’, singing: “while you sleep, money never sleeps…”
Other highlights include “Payin Bills” which features a meaty horn line. “Real-ize” which runs in on an Afroman sounding intro, where KEI-SHON-SON shoots: “I keep it positive, unless you’re talking about HIV positive, then that’s a negative…”
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There is so much to like about this album, which is a singular cohesive work of art that never loses it’s direction, and it represents exactly what Tha SleepWalkers are about: intelligence, dedication, quality and respect.
However the most overriding tone on the 9 track “Sub-Conscience” album, is awareness, and with that, KEI-SHON-SON puts a burden of responsibility concerning respect for music and respect for others on every person who listens to it. This album emanates raw, rap power; outspoken yet understated. Feel it.
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