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Keith Masters Bioluminescence Backwoodz Studioz • 2006

One of the emcees who surprised us in a very positive sense on The Reavers album last year, was Chicago native, Keith Masters, formerly known as Stretch Nyce. With his raw, unpolished voice, straight-up attitude and rigorous flow, he contributed to the strong lyrical density of the most anticipated crew album since the emerge of the Wu-Tang Clan.

While waiting for the arrival of his debut album 'Ghost City', Keith Masters brings us the 'Bioluminescence' mixtape. 'Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism as the result of a chemical reaction during which chemical energy is converted to light energy', the dictionary told us, which should immediately give us a hint that Keith Masters is in the first place a solo player, who’s making things happen on his own. In order to ameloriate his personal shine, Masters invited producers The Graduate, King Horrorcore and 007 to create the soundtrack, consisting of an amalgam of mesmerizing boombap ('12:31'), apocalyptic ('Level Up' – could’ve come out of MF Doom’s MPC), heroic ('Write This Way') and mellow ('Surreal Life') beats. Guest starring are Vordul Mega of Cannibal Ox and Kast Uno. But thé shining star of the album is Keith Masters with a rigid flow and entertaining raps that sometimes feel like he’s just freestyling, talking about ambition ('whatever it takes I’mma land a spot with the greats'), politics and having fun, in a serious but also humurous way and -even- by actin anti-vegetarian ('be real or be tofu', he raps in '12:31' as where he quotes in 'Write This Way'; 'Loving this shit like a nigguh with a Big Mac').

'Bioluminescence' is the album that confirms the suspicion we already had; Keith Masters is a talented MC with a promising future. Although this album sounds unfinished and there's a song with a low-quality sound, in the lyrics and beats is where the marriage is, as Common would say. The perfect warm-up for Keith’s upcoming 'Ghost City' LP, so keep an eye on this.


POSTED ON 05|16|2006 by cpf

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