~~~> Militant Interdisciplinary Consciousness (Majesty Is Conscious) - Debut Album Release May 2012 - Review <~~~
Is the music you're making 'Conscious'? Or is it 'Unconscious'? I've often wondered, is that an appropriate, or even applicable way of describing music? Well, apparently it is! This is a widely accepted descriptor and in the past it has been used with wild abandon, mainly across the realm of underground hip hop music. Some of my early experiences with 'Conscious' music lulled me into a state of seemingly irreversible UN-consciousness. How was it possible to turn topics of social relevance and interest into mind-numbing, yawn-inspiring rants. I realise now that it has everything to do with the quality of the production and the talent of the artist. So when I was asked to write a review of this album, I was thinking, please Oh-God-Of-Great-Music, please, let this album change my perception and somewhat jaded opinion. I hit play. And I listened. And just to be certain, I listened again. And one more time, just in case...and it was ALL GOOD!
I found this album to be pretty amazing because I was able to play it (the whole album) on rotation with no harmful side effects. Seventeen joints of unadulterated hip hop by M.I.C. with features by more top-shelf underground emcees than you can poke a mic at! Cop the dope 'izm from Block McCloud, Black Mask, 7th 7ign, Matt Maddox, Planetary, Chief Kamachi, Doap Nixon, Orion Freeman and on it goes. M.I.C. goes in hard on his album spitting passionately about crime, politics, poverty, corruption, commercialism and the moral decay of society, check the joint America featuring 7th 7ign. It's a very gritty and blunt description of the state of society in the U.S. today. As M.I.C. said, 'It speaks of U.S. economics, the slowly dissolving middle class, increased corporate greed and corruption, and its effect on politics, and beyond.'
Incredibly, all the mixing and engineering for this album was done by Majesty himself (respect to EQ who performed the final mastering!). What I love about the whole production is the slightly unpolished, grimey, raw sound. It gives the album an unmistakable and definitive sense of Real. Nothing plastic or synthetic here! I am also impressed by the uncomplicated nature of the music. The beats are clean and crisp with buttery melodies which keep the album bumping along with ease. Check Rise featuring Orion Freeman - goddamn I love that hook! Overall, it's an inspiring and ruggedly pleasant assault on the senses!
Militant Interdisciplinary Consciousness is a dope debut album! It's certainly well rounded - informative, entertaining and educational. The savage truth bleeds out from its heart and soul and I believe it meets Majesty's goals to 'illuminate the blind' and 'motivate those who already see the truth'. Get your clenched fist on a copy because you support the proliferation of good underground hip hop music, you appreciate underground artists who spit with integrity and uncompromising passion, and you respect the enormous effort it takes to bring a project like this to fruition. Peace.
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© 2012 Lisa Stothers (It's a Murk In Progress)