This joint hit me from out the blue. Slapped me upside the head and filled my headphones with some of the most authentic, awesome, creative hip hop in recent memory. Thought Provokah has delivered an opus – a musical journey that takes me back to albums like the Prince Paul epic concept joint ‘A Prince Among Thieves‘ and I can’t get enough.
Overall, the album art sets the scene for what is essentially the following…. an indie / underground rapper is portrayed by a panhandler and he has an interaction with a dude coming home from work on the daily commute. Their convo is captured through the progression of tracks and it creates a cool discourse between the two – culminating with the sharing of ideas, rhymes, ideologies and more. And as an indie / underground hip hop site, we feel every bit of it.
Musically, this is a traditional boom bap album, with funky and soulful elements that have you cruising through the creative content with a smooth head nod and shimmy. The Queens emcee almost rides this entire joint solo too, featuring just two guest appearances from Benji and Dennis Amadeus. And not for one minute does it get pedestrian or boring. The ‘woke’ lyrical content and the message & plight of the piece has you hooked in – much like TP does with the commuter. It’s like you’re IN that engagement at that very moment.
Now, the final element of this overall experience is to go and get the album. Much like a ‘digital panhandler’, Thought Provokah has this incredible album on his Bandcamp for… NAME YOUR PRICE. Trust me when I tell you that this is an album worth supporting and throwing some money in the hat for. So, head over there now, preview a couple of tracks if you don’t trust me, throw him some change and experience a fantastic and unique indie hip hop album.
Bangers: Not an album you can just pick and choose tracks from. It’s a ‘sit and digest’ kind of soundtrack that you gotta go ‘all in’ for. But I certainly vibed with ‘Because the Internet‘.
Score: 9 / 10. Won’t be everyone’s taste, but for an overall concept album with over 30 ‘tracks’ and nearly an hour in length, I was immersed in it and have listened through completely a handful of times. This is the type of release that gets me nodding, thinking, enjoying and appreciating the beautiful culture that is hip hop.