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by Coolzey

This album still has the old school party/gooned out roughneck flavor of Coolzey's previous efforts, but the beats take a dark, jazzy turn as provided by Chicago's own Void Pedal.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Hip Hop
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1. Party People
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from RISE AND REVOLT online

(Public School Records)
Rating: 94 out of 100

It always seems to be the underground hip hop that is the best. Even though there wasn’t much information online about this album (artwork, tracklist, etc.) take my word for it, you NEED to get this EP if you’re a fan of hip hop. For starters, Coolzey is based out of Des Moines, IA and…. he’s white. Does that matter? To most, no; to us, no, but to some people it seems to. Maybe it helps people identify with some music. But Coolzey is just another one of the great underground hip hop artists coming out of the Midwest.

The beats on the album remind me a lot of classic hip hop, as well as stuff you might hear on a record from MF Doom, Talib Kweli, Common, or any Dangermouse release. There’s a lot of jazz in the beats, as well as some classic R&B feel. Truthfully, I think there needs to be many more hip hop albums like this. It would help the genre grow and flourish. Now that we’ve addressed the beats, let’s get to the lyrics, which is the heart and soul of hip hop. Coolzey’s Soixante-Neuf is a polarizing record lyrically. Half of the EP seems to be a form of social commentary about life and growing up, but the other half is almost nonsensical. But that’s hip hop ya know? The last track on the album has been explained to be about a place where Coolzey is from called Artworld, who had a stranglehold on the art and media market. On the production side, the whole album was done in Chicago, with local producers, guest vocals from local MCs, which is a great theme. It’s always great to rep where you’re from.

Hip hop is a beast all its own. Either you’re totally into it, or you don’t really care for it. I for one am on the hip hop band wagon, I’ve been a fan for quite some time, and Coolzey seems to have his shit together and is really putting together some sick tracks. I’m looking forward to getting the next couple EPs, whether they are sent in for review or not. This shit is good.

Rating Breakdown:
Staying Power: 25
Originality: 24
Production: 22
Song Structure & Quality: 23

For fans of: Mos Def, Aesop Rock, Common, etc.


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John Book/Music For America

Unpredictable hip-hop, as it should be
oolzey is from Iowa, and the last time I reviewed him, I stated that I looked forward to hearing more. This is more.

This is the second EP of what he promises to be a series of EP's. While some artist/producers make promises about what they'd like to do and never fulfill them, Coolzey plans on executing each promise. The EP itself has no title or songs listed, just a sticker on the cellophone stating it's an EP featuring contributions from Roommate, Idris Goodwin, Johnny Sixx, and Void Pedal. With a lack of information, I have to rely on the music. Sometimes cover art can contribute a hint, but it's two abstract paintings, one looking like Love's Out Here, the other looking like leftover paint flakes from an old Rascals album. What to make of it? One must listen.

The EP consists of five songs, and the first track may make some hear a bit of Edan's style, both in vocals and choice of samples. While his last EP was completely self-produced, for this project he used the production talents of Void Pedal. There's a loose funkiness, I'm sure someone might say "awkward funkiness" due to them being white but don't make that an issue. What you should make an issue is how nice Coolzey is in the songwriting department, and in how he rhymes:
Ha, I see you didn't expect that
rapping like Tip on a hot butter sex plat
but don't cover the sex rap
this is that ol' school new to the next rap
I guess you didn't get the memo
he did the first record, "Act Stupid" was a demo
I'll be your host, the ghostwriter
this EP, all beats by Chad Schneider
still puffin' on the Izm
workin' on some new shit with my man DJ Przm
Soon to tour Europe and Britain
'cause Cool Chip said I am a slave to the rhythm

As far as Chad Schneider (Void Pedal), he is a great companion to Coolzey's voice, and for Coolzey it helps him become a part of someone elses soundscape, which lets people know how he capable of molding himself in any territory, whether he speaks in a direct manner or gets a bit abstract. This CD is about half the length of the He Did (EP), but contains the same kind of unpredictability, spontaneity, and sharpness that will definitely make him a favorite within the underground. He plans on staying busy for the next year with a number of different projects ready to go, and with luck some major collaborations to come.