TITLE: TEFLON DON
ARTIST: RICK ROSS
PRODUCTION HOUSE: MAYBACH MUSIC GROUP AND DEF JAM RECORDINGS
DATE: 1 MARCH 2011
I’ll be the first to admit that I never really paid any attention to Rick Ross before Teflon Don, released July 2010. It is kind of like the same experience I had with T.I and Paper Trail. But I can now tell you that Rick is the founder of Maybach Music Group and that Rick Ross is not his real name, his name is William Leonard Roberts II.
In fact Rick Ross is the name of a drug trafficker, ‘Freeway’ Rick Ross, who sued the hip hop artist $10 million for using his name.
Don’t get me wrong I am in no way comparing T.I to Rick, I’m just comparing the kind of attention they commanded from me after these albums. These days a week doesn’t go by with out me jamming to ‘Live Fast, Die Young’ or ‘Aston Martin Music’, or ‘Tears of Joy’, I could go on.
What Rick has done here is epic. I’ve always been attracted to lyrics before music. Hip Hop I believe has its roots in poetry, there’s something in his lyrics that makes his music come alive.
The message woven right throughout this project is all about the flossy lifestyle, though many may diss it, it is true that most young people today are living for the day when they can own the material things, the fast car, and the big house, enough money to blow and not feel the effect. It’s the fast life and in this era life itself is not what matters, if you can’t speak ‘ching ching’ then it’s going to be hard for you.
Though the contents are about success and money, they mainly about the success of a black man. It’s an incredible collection of lyrics; it’s almost like reading a book from the first track to the last. Also featured in this album are Ne-Yo, Jay-Zee and Drake among many others.
A memory that will always be attached to this incredible work of genius is the first time I listened to ‘Live Fast, Die Young’ in the early hours of January 1st 2011 on the shores of a Durban beach with an unforgettable crowd of people from my home time. In me they groomed a die hard Rick Ross fan … hhhaaaa! The Rick Ross way ;)! Top back all black!
To find out more about this artist, go to: http://www.rickrossdeeperthanrap.com/default.aspx
SOURCE: Vuvu Vena, VM
A South African love story.
This is a tale, carefully woven from one track to the next, of a love journey that a young man takes. In this journey he faces challenges of male identity in modern S.A and he has to remind himself of the essence of a man, heartbreak, or the potential of it, falling in love and respecting love.
For his first album, Sizwe Vena has drawn his beats and lyrics from a cultural place and then delivered them in vernacular. At a time where globalization is devouring our country, identity is lost, in music and in art, Sizwe brings home sounds from the core of our country. His music is from the roots, from the home soil, sounds so familiar to the ear and brilliantly delivered.
Among S.A’s undiscovered talents, Sizwe will be a force to be reckoned with once the country wakes up to his originality and creativity. It is almost too hard to cage this sound into a genre box, but it is a sound heard through out S.A’s different ages. It is a homebrewed sound that transcends generations and brings them to one point.
Sophia Love is a soul filled love letter that uses instruments as it’s ink, lyrics as it’s paper and pure voices as it’s words. Beauty.
WOULD YOU LISTEN TO IT AGAIN? HELL YEAH!!!These are songs of home, songs of old!!!
Source: Vuvu Vena, VM
THE WAY I SEE IT
It is a lost sound, pretty different from Raphael’s other albums, but the familiarity is an instant drawing card.
You can almost place it in the age of blues discovery, but there is a modern tinge to it, made clear by the last track which features Jay-Z. You can almost envision the setting of each song in your head, dress the artist and choreograph the audience.
It’s almost both easy and difficult to deliver the essence of the album, it is an excellently woven tale of love through music. Surely it has increased Raphael’s fan base, though he seems to be a niche artist, those who loved him before, fall even deeper in love with him now. It leaves one wondering what he will come up with next. That’s the thing with talent, it’s consumers always want more.
WOULD YOU LISTEN TO IT AGAIN? EVERYTIME I LONG FOR A MATROMONY OF MUSIC AND LYRICS – IT’S AN ALBUM FOR THE SENSES, A PERFECT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MUSIC, LYRICS, AND IMAGINATION – SIMPLY DIVINE!
Source: Vuvu Vena, VM
TESTIMONY VOLUME 2: LOVE & POLITICS
After Voyage to India, Acoustic Soul and Testimony Volume 1 – Life and Relationships, I honestly did not expect to be blown away by the same artist for the fourth time! When India sings, she speaks reality. It may be her reality, but the words transcend and start to have meaning in your own life. She sings truth. Her music is devoid of time in that she tells life long stories through her voice. She tells the stories of the marginal, rich and ordinary. She speaks of the injustices of life, love, countries and regimes. She alerts you of the strength that is reaped from affliction and growth.
Pity I never reviewed the past three, but this album is like nothing she has done before. If you swa growth in Testimony Volume 1, WOW, then you are about to peel into a tale more elevating than that! This one is an album of both mind and heart.
WILL YOU LISTEN TO IT AGAIN? OF COURSE! I OWN IT! It’s the kind of album that’s craved by the soul before the ears miss it…
Source: Vuvu Vena, VM