Monday, July 26, 2010
It's rare that a battle rapper can make an impression on a mixtape, much less an album. The only people to successfully carry over the energy of a live performance into the studio to my knowledge have been the Notorious B.I.G. and Eminem. I'm sure there are some more out there but these are the ones I can think of off the cuff. But maybe there's another we can add to the list in the form of Edan (E- Dan).
Edan is a native of Rockville, Maryland and from the beginning it seems like he was destined to make hip hop. From building his own home studio complete with a 4 and an 8 track recorder and a pair of turn tables to landing a spot at the Berklee College of Music for production, this cat's always held hip hop as a love and with his Beauty and the Beat album it appears that love is strong as ever!
So this album is cool as hell if you haven't gotten that already. I'll be brief but let's just say if you're looking for something different in hip hop then definitely give this mix a listen. And for those of you not trying to take a leap into the unknown I'll give you a visual...imagine battle rap lyrics rapped over 60's rock samples with enough trippy wonderfullness to rival Puff the Magic Dragon and the Yo Gabba Gabba guy mixed into one. It's an amazing ride I'd recommend to anyone so there's only one question left to ask yourself...Are you Experienced?