Southern California native Tony Tig, is often referred to as “West Coast Jay-Z”, which has got everyone up and looking, but Tig doesn’t easily fall for that type of recognition. “It’s always a great feeling when someone compares you to talented artist like Jay-Z, but the goals I want to accomplish and achieve are beyond just trying to be a great rapper I’m trying to save lives with my music,” he says.
Tig’s album “Unforgiven” is already growing a buzz around Cali, and when asked why he chose that title, he said: “I just wanted to make a point with this album, that if I’m constantly trying to live up to everyone else’s expectations and not my own, then my music is meaningless. It’s all about my growth and maturity as an artist.”
Tig has taken risks on this album, as besides the rapping and the poetry, he also sings on it. Almost a virtual unknown to the rest of the world, Tig drops an album that could be described as a crossover classic in every sense of the word. The album is nothing like you would find in indie hip hop today. Tig gives independent hiphop the mainstream treatment in sound and beats, but keeps everything else that is absent in mainstream today; lyrics, originality, true subject matter, and consistency.
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The songs are dark and deep. This is also a strangely innovative album, because of the production. Overall the piano dominated beats are so different from what you’ll usually hear on a hip-hop record. There are many themes that run throughout the album, including focus, determination, love, and justice.
The album is solid all around, with no real filler. It rides on the strength that each track is strong in its own right. “Unforgiven” stands head over shoulders above the rest not only for the brilliant lyricism conveyed, as well as the masterful flows, but for the underlining depth found within its sixteen tracks. Each track acts as a particular memory or distinctive emotion that Tig expresses to the listener with his rhymes and storytelling.
Highlights abound, so the choice is wide open according to your tastes. My favorite tracks are: “What I Live For”, “My Valentine (feat. J.beale)”, “The Bizness (feat. Rozk.o. Deniro)”, “Ups and Downs (feat. Irie Fresh)”, “Closer (feat. Kasanova)”, “Hardwork and Dedication” and “Final Battle”.
Like Jay-Z, Tony Tig’s easygoing lyrical style allows fans to involve themselves in his stories, or to simply listen as his rhythmic patterns flow over them. Added to this, Tig has used top productions, making the beats just as compelling as the rhymes that accompany them.
All-in-all, on “Unforgiven”, Tony Tig brings 16 tracks of lyrical skills to the table and that makes this a great album. If you love rap, you gotta grab this!
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