A.O.D. - Hope for the Streets
HOPE FOR THE STREETS is a comforting sound; a consolation in these
troubled times. It is an uncommonly-expressed idea. But one that is essential to
positively affect our lives. It is most needed in times of despair; and is the
best motivation to build a strong confidence for tomorrow. It's amazing how much
difference a few words of encouragement can make when a situation seems
helpless. In this case, the title track of a hot new album brought to you by Set
Up Shop Records: Starring A.O.D. and featuring a cast of emcees. Beats produced
by DJ Dub One of Misol Tribe fame. Executive Produced by Doll-E Girl. The
players came together on this project and succeeded in making an album enriched
with musical instruments and smooth, singing styles. With flavors reminiscent of
the band War, it's a modernized perspective of life in the City... a good
representation of creativity in barrio-life reporting.
A.O.D. (Angel of
Death) killed it on this c.d. He murders fakeness, by bringing originality and
honesty in his style. First case in point: the song LIFE OF A SINNER. The
guitarist (Anthony Vallejo) sets the perfect ambient for A.O.D. to lyrically
offer (what sounds like) a testimonial from a drug-dealing hustler. Torn by the
realization that he's profiting from other people's ruin, he constantly
re-evaluates his situation. He weighs his need for survival against his
knowledge of good and bad; expressing an inner-conflict to do the right thing.
Anyone who has experienced this will understand. See for yourself (the video is on
Complex is one of those featured emcees that adds a lot to
the final product. Both with lyrics and delivery, he definitely makes the
SPEAKERS BANG! On the song ONE DAY, Complex teams up with A.O.D. to describe a
promising future. When people see a brighter tomorrow, their whole mentality
changes today. Perhaps, this clarity allows individuals to take the necessary
steps to overcome problems or avoid them altogether. Everyone knows the gang
subculture is engrained in these streets and ANOTHER DAY IN THE HEIGHTS with
Midget Loco gives a valid portrayal of that. This song represents more than just
the neighborhood of Boyle Heights. It depicts the entire area. Then, just when
you thought it couldn't get much gangster- the whole mood of the album
transforms into the most pimpish love song you will ever hear...
TIME is a romantic joint that entices every listener to dance. The tough guy
images fades when a fine female specimen of a woman can break the strongest man
down. C'mon on now. Everybody plays the fool, sometime. That's being real. There
comes a time when a heavyhearted thug has to move on because "the game's no
longer fun." Jun is the vocalist that sounds like some Keith Sweat on the track.
Silky, smooth voice on baby-making music, man (this album is for mature
audiences). I'm gonna MISS IT ALL is clever, because even if a relationship has
to end- at least, let it end on good terms.
D Low from the Rebel Souls
movement is featured on the Bottom Line and helps define a fresh start. Leave it
to these guys to innovate a new sound that's catchy! The fact is: they are
constantly reinventing themselves, and are comfortable enough in their craft to
experiment. It's not surprising to see D Low featured on the track, since
homeboy is constantly grinding. If not diligently working on his own project
(coming soon), he's out there networking and always down for the collaborations.
Doll-E Girl is featured with A.O.D. on the song LET ME BREATH! They go
back and forth, like a rhyming argument, offering both points-of-view... his and
hers. The emotions run high and intense, when a suffocating jealousy is
involved. Anyone who's been in love with a psycho could relate to that, the
possessiveness, the stalking, the constant accusations of betrayal. It comes to
a point when enough is enough, and you have to be set free. You tell the person,
"You don't own my Loooove!" It's a raw and uncensored depiction of the
all-too-common love/hate relationship (there's even allusions to sexually
transmitted diseases resulting from promiscuous sex). The artists did a good job
of capturing the feeling of frustration that leads up to one of those breakups.
A.L.T. (the Saint) is also featured with A.O.D. on a track called THIS
FEELING. It's inspiring to see veteran rappers like ALT still coming out on
underground hits. He must be a hip-hop lifer, because we heard him rapping with
Kid Frost when we were still in high school. My point is: he's dedicated to the
art form and he's never gonna stop rocking the mic. "Never gonna lose this
feeling, here". When the song ends, DJ Dub Oner slows the beat down to a groove
that takes it back to the days when the lost souls looped classic masterpieces.
TIME TO WAKE! (Featuring Penr Beatz) has that authentic MiSol sound.
It's deeply reflective and thought provoking. The music is almost mystical and
the words are penetrating even to the conscience. The truth lies in
understanding that the system benefits from controlling people in a
hypnotic-state. Just program their loyalties and capitalize on the creatures of
habit. Just like the drug dealer in the LIFE OF A SINNER, but on a corporate,
sometimes global company level. How's that for revolutionary thinking? A.O.D.
closes the cd by urging everyone to stay "aware" and in control of their
destiny, because ultimately, everybody reaps what they sow. Consequences from
our actions will bring forth rewards or punishment. You decide, as you live this
life between two paths: THE WRONG AND THE RIGHT.
Skribe One de Los Angeles
MisolTribe.com - Official Misol