CD REVIEW: Bloodtype - MIAliens
By Cyrus Rhodes - 12/22/2009 - 01:33 PM EST
Label: Lionsface Entertainment
Genre: Rap/Hip Hop
Sounds Like: 2 Short, Ghetto Boys,
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: That's how the game go, Live from the 3, Sucessful,
South Miam rap duo Blood Type consisting of rappers Ryan Taylor “Chief” and Stephan Stevenson “Stepson” decided to take matters in their own hands one day and start their very own Production Company – Lionsface Entertinment. They also vowed to deliver some amazing music possessing both new and old school vibes. Would they make good on their promise - to deliver a truly groundbreaking classic rap/hip hop album in 2009?
The CD kicks off with a soothing “Intro” piece that is one of three checkpoints along this musical journey, each designed to keep the listener on track when it comes to the overall message. Track 2 - “The Arrival” – starts things off with rappers Chief and Stepson going back and forth kicking things off right. The CD makes a good first impression, and let’s you know right from the start what the motivation is: to raise the bar within the context of the genera, expressing disappointment with the status quo of the music industry and sometimes life itself. Track 3 “Life is but a Dream” delivers honey coated chorus via BrownSugar, with rap served up hot by Chief, with an amazing 3rd verse split, and a grand slam chorus. Track 4 “Successful” has a nice melodic groove, with yet another grand slam chorus, complete with well placed vocal effects, and harmonies that sit well within the pocket. You can’t help but notice a lot of musical soundscapes, and exotic sonic layering along the way. This mixing is brilliant, and full of musical variety with clave, xylophone, strings, horn sections, clarinet, guitar, and jazz piano. The beats are rock solid providing solid low end support, and amazing hi end touches. The CD has many musical flavors, from hip hop, rap, jazz, blues, R&B, and even rock. You will find everything from clever rhymes, addictive melodies, lyrics that are thought provoking, and rap flows that are masterful. The thing I like the most about the rap performances themselves is they never once try to hard, or come across as being over the top. There are some funny, up beat tracks like “Hate it or love it” “SNS” and “Ronnie Romance” that give off old school harmonies, and hooky horn sections all reminiscent of classic Motown. Others are extremely melodic like "Successful" and Life is but a Dream" But something groundbreaking happens after Track 10” ”No Turning Back” - a string of the best material on the CD that hits you like a 1-2 punch one track after the other. As the CD unfolds the songs slowly become more and more serious, with darker themes, more apocalyptic type rap flow, and deeper subject matter. From my favorite track to ”That’s how the game go” clearly the most powerful material waits after track 10. Listeners should brace themselves for this musical shift as it packs a powerful punch. As we approach the end finale I can’t help but wonder what lies in waiting at the end. When I finally arrive there “System Failure” I’m not going to mention what happens, but let’s just say the final message of the CD is crystal clear, and effective in its delivery.
Like a heavy weight fighter this CD goes the full 12 rounds. Song for song MIAlianes never once lets its guard down. It pretty much has everything. From raw intensify, clever lyrics, to songs that are well crafted and hold the attention span of the listener perfectly. As a whole this CD possesses allot of variety and versatility. It delivers the typical in your face urban swagger you would expect from a rap CD, and cannot be faked no matter how hard you try. Song for song, pound for pound MIAliens is an impressive musical production. The strong suit of MIAliens is it's strong production value, and the powerful arsenal of producers they bring to the table including Dr, Dre, Eminem, Tribe Called Quest, and RZA. With over 70+ minutes of music it's fully loaded and contains everything from deeply honest subject matter, hooky compositions, rap flows that are masterful, lyrics that are thought provoking, clever rhymes and rhythms, but more importantly a message that is deeply honest and personal. Its strength - its impressive musical liquidity, and amazing sound effects, mixing up the catalogue well. The female ear candy is delicious; the rap flow from rappers Chief, Stepson, King Kush is first rate. MIAliens clearly delivers everything you would expect from a top notch mix tape, with each song possessing its own distinct personality, and individuality. It's TKO!
All in all MIAliens is one of the most powerful rap productions I’ve heard in 2009. From religion, to relationships, to upbeat themes, to content that shake you to your core, and leave you coming back for more - Bloodtype makes good on a promise to deliver the goods. My favorite line on the whole CD is on Track 16 “That’s how the game go - “I can’t change the world, but I can play my part, play it smart with this art, I kept it real from the start.” This line personifies what the CD is about. If you want a CD that keeps it real from the start to finish. If your longing for a musical experience where anything is possible you should definitely devote 75 minutes of your time to Bloodtype’s MIAliens.
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