by Kyle Taylor |
Conscious hip hop is all too often lost nowadays in a rapidly expanding ocean of calculated and commercialized, all uninspired rhymes. This only makes the efforts of underground artists pushing the envelope that much more impressive. New York artist Rasp-5 is undeniably a soldier in that fight, consistently applying his seamless perspective through brilliantly unfolding story lines and challenging calls on music’s modern state.
An awareness of the current state of music plays a considerable role in Rasp-5’s efforts. Utilizing complex beats, especially in this case, in which he utilizes the Emancipator classic, “Anthem”, to back his flow. Acknowledging the staunch complexity of the beat (if you can call it a beat at all), he applies a thick layer of equally vivid, conscious lyricism to match the energy and musical professionalism contained in the production.
Emancipator – “Anthem (Rasp-5 Remix)”