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.
Staying Power: 25
Song Structure & Quality: 23
For fans of: Mos Def, Aesop Rock, Common, etc.