It's seldom that I review
rap tracks in my reviews. As you all know I am a lover of music
but the rap music that's dominating the airways today well let's
just say it's not quite my cup of tea if you know what I mean.
But every now and again
a track or an artist catches my listening ear and from the first
listen, I knew that the music, material or the members of the
group had something special going. The group in question is The
Strange Fruit Project and the 'members' are 3 MC’s;
Myone (prononced My
Own), Myth &
Symbolyc One who all hail
from Waco, Texas.
Now we hear a lot about the
'dirty south' and the rap music that's been bubbling under the
radar the last decade or so (think of Outkast
out of Atlanta, Trick Daddy
in Miami and Nappy Rootz from
North Carolina all of whom are coming into their own and enjoying
the limelight). The Strange
Fruit Project is leaning in the same direction although
not for the reasons you might think. You see they don't have the
flashy million dollar videos or get up you know, they are just
down to earth MCs and singers (yes SINGERS) which is very, very
rare in rappers nowadays. These lads can harmonize like there's
no tomorrow and the proof is in the track reviewed here today.
Wee starts off with soft morg keys and a smooth thump
bass that sees the fellas gently entering the frame with some
soothing harmonizing vocals then you're lead into the hook sung
beautifully by newcomer Lysoul.
Production and beats are key here and provided by the leader and
founder of the group, producer Symbolyc
One (or S1 as the
monike reads). As you might suspect, the groups name was devised
from the Billie Holiday tune
'Strange Fruit' which talked
about lynching a black man in the south in the days of slavery
but no such drama unfolding here just the music that speaks for
itself giving the same message of power and strength in recognition.
It's plain to see why
The Strange Fruit Project are who they are and where
they are but it's not plain to see why such a body of talent is
not heard on a more global stage yet on their their own turf.
They've found success in the cites like Philly and Los Angeles
where the fusion of the jazz-tinted rap is more welcomed than
in thier native home and that is just not right but it's the mindset,
it's just the midset ofpeople who are programmed to listen to
what's played on radio and not what's playing in their community.
Too often is the case where such talent is easily overlooked but
TSFP demand your listening ear.
The album called 'From
Divine' is out now you can peep tracks from it at CDbaby.com
and while you're there check out their new set called 'Soul
Traveling' and see why it's essential that these talented
musicians gets the props they so richly deserves. - A TYD
Listen to The
Strange Fruit Project - 'Ooh