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Artist: One Son

Album: Canvas

Genre(s): Hip Hop/Rap, Pop

One Son’s Canvas was released in 2011. It’s an amalgam of different colors, moods and flavours of rap and/ hip hop. The end product feels like a gritty and valuable reflection of the artist.

Track Rating
1.           O-La-A ★★★☆☆
2.           Enchantress ★★★☆☆
3.           Canvas ★★★½☆
4.           Puzzle ★★★☆☆
5.           Venus ★★★½☆
6.           Hell’s Kitchen ★★★☆☆
7.           Can I ★★★★½
8.           Never Be The Same ★★½☆☆
9.           Frontier ★★★☆☆
10.      Recession Proof ★★★★☆


  1. O-La-A

The instrumentals are distinctive; with the percussion lending rhythm to melodious notes. One Son’s  rap adds flavour and reality to the dreamy instrumentals.

  1. Enchantress

The beats in Enchantress instantly liven the mood. This is a lighter track that’s easier on the ears. The female vocals take the spotlight; adding bounce to the tone of the track.

  1. Canvas

The track features mellower, cultured beats. The rap too, is not your run-on-the-mill filler to feed the rhythm. It’s insightful, and truly paints a picture worth reflecting on.

  1. Puzzle

The initial beats of Puzzle mislead you into thinking this track is going to be an easy listen. Instead, it draws you in. The background instrumentals, that seem to occur in an endless loop, complements it.

  1. Venus

Venus sucks you into a more expansive, and yet more private world. The rapper’s voice rings deeper, and resonates with the listener.

  1. Hell’s Kitchen

By now, there seems to be a shift in the arrangement of the instrumentals. The piano riffs are fascinating, hooking you into the rhythm and intensity of the rap. It’s soul bearing, intense stuff.

  1. Can I

The first few notes are enough to endear you to the rest of the track. The premise is simple, and it’s this simplicity that brings on a smile. It’s set to a very hummable tune, and has the potential to make anyone’s day!

  1. Never Be the Same

Never Be the Same is another hard hitting track. However, it didn’t capture my attention as much as the other tracks. The rap went over my head, but after more than one listen, it make its mark.

  1. Frontier

This track wastes no time in getting to its sharp, snappy point. The digiclaps and lyrics that don’t leave much to doubt make for a predictable, but no less artful, track.

  1. Recession Proof

Recession Proof is another track that gets points for its heartfelt simplicity.  The female vocals add a third dimension to the family-atmosphere that’s palpable in this track.

Verdict: Canvas comes across as a gritty and valuable reflection of the artist.

Picks of the album: Can I, Recession Proof

Overall Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆