Music Album: Brilliant
Music Artist: One Son
Genre: Hip-hop/Rap, Underground Rap
Brilliant by Alabama-born One Son goes beyond the clichéd fantasy-world propagated by mainstream southern hip-hop. While there’s plenty of cut-throat beats and even some amount of belligerence, his deep-throated rap carries as much substance as swagger!
Released on the 7th of January, 2014, this is an EP that definitely shows hip-hop in a more balanced light as with tracks like “Janessa” and “Reach for the Sky”, it heals as much as it entertains.
|The World feat Fenner Eaddy|
|Reach For The Sky (feat. Chatter)|
|Everlasting feat Tone Trezure|
|That’s What You Get|
|All Night Long (feat. Joe V)|
|Janessa (feat. Tia)|
1. The World (feat. Fenner Eaddy)
The World, despite opening with beats that seem typically hip-hop, is lyrically far from predictable. The chorus instantaneously strikes a chord!
2. Reach For the Sky feat Chatter
This track is a definite stand-out in terms of beat/pace variation and lyrics, which takes a raw, personal turn. With an incorporation of One Son’s experiences serving in the army, the introspective, contemplative tone of the track grips you beyond anything.
3. Everlasting feat Tone Trezure
This track felt like a slow burn for me. It has the beats and the rapper sounds at home here… but the chorus wears thin with time.
4. That’s What You Get
Complete with harsh-beats and One Son’s gruff MCing, it’s the quintessential rap song…with substance. The hard-hitting beats are especially noteworthy here… making the rap resounds beyond its air time!
5. All Night Long (feat. Joe V)
A merry, soulful number that feels like a happy surprise! With “dancey” beats, a swoony melody and trippy vocals that are consistently catchy, this one definitely does not fit into the just-another-R&B-song that-has-nothing-going-for-it-other-than-an-addictive-chorus category. Foot tapping, to say the least!
6. Janessa (feat Tia)
This track gets points for earnestness right away. The track tells you about the perspective of a father to his daughter who was put through extremely disabling circumstances. The power of his words to her leaves a mark. Tia’s vocals are commendable but the lyrics and gentleness that surrounds the rap surpasses it. An extremely heart rendering song!
Verdict: Hip-hop for the soul!
Picks of the EP: Janessa, All Night Long, Reach For The Sky