Music

Album Review: Lushlife – Cassette City

by Winston "Stone" Ford

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Lushlife
Cassette City
4-5

So a lot of y’all have been asking why I have suddenly abandoned hip-hop in favor of dance, pop, and other genres. It’s not because there is anything really wrong with hip-hop per se, it’s more the fact that the sheer acceiblity of the genre has enabled almost anybody to make a beat and drop it on zShare, thus diluting the product and making it harder to disseminate good from bad.

Add to that the fact that most MCs want to either sound like Soulja Boy or Lil’ Wayne on one side, or ultra underground 95 era on the other, and you have even more problems. It takes someone to truly “flip the script” per se to really get my attention.

Enter Lush Life. The Philly beatmaker approaches hip-hop not from the street, but from the lab, creating lucious, amazing beats that transcend anything I’ve heard this year. The laid back feel of Cassettee City makes for the perfect summer album, and on a recent trip to run errands (with the sunroof down of course) I ended up taking the long way home cause I liked the album so much.

Lushlife – Until The Sun Dies

Tracks like Innocence blur the lines between trip-hop and hip-hop, combining movie score like beats with East Coast lyricism, which that NY vibe heavily influences songs like “The Kindness,” and “Another Word For Paradise,” the latter featuring Hip-Hop favorite Camp Lo.  Tracks like “Until the Sun Dies,” which combine some laid back beats with loud synths and a screwed sample that rides with MC Fakevinyl’s lyrics while Lushlife switches it up again for “Meridian Sound Part Three,” which has a heavy surf music influenced Beach Boys vibe.

Lush Life – Meridian Sound, Part 2

Interlaced between the hip-hop tracks, Meridian Sound Part 1 is a little too left field for the disc. Even though the Meridian Sound tracks change the tempo of the album and almost seem out of place, Meridian Sound Part 2 is quite possibly the best song on the album.

Yes, Lushlife’s Cassette City might be a little left-field for hip-hop purists, but for those willing to play, it might end up being your sleeper album of the year.