L.A. based group Emanon (Exile and Aloe Blacc) returns with ‘Dystopia‘, an expressive, 10-track Hip-Hop album that exhibits the lyrical proficiency of Soul Vocalist Aloe Blacc, in conjunction with the moving sounds of Exile, a producer known for creating choppy beats, which are laid back and soulful.
Blacc is known for his hit-song ‘The Man’, which peaked at no. 8 on Billboard’s ‘Hot 100’ chart—selling more than 2.5 million copies in the United States. But, Blacc began his music career as a rapper, and he displays his lyrical ability on ‘Make It Over’.
“So many lives victimized, we glorify the victims/ And, if I die with my eyes open up to it/ Then I’ma be just as wrong as the ones who do it/ So, in my life, I do my best to make it never happen/ And revolutionize my people through rhymes and rappin’/ Freedom got a shotgun, we ain’t even scrappin’/ It’s a New World Order, and we are trapped in/ It’s millennium Armageddon just around the block/ Who the hell is coming with me?” – Aloe Blacc
The chemistry between Blacc and Exile is felt on ‘Dystopia’ because the duo have been making music since Aloe was 16 and Exile was 17, with no more than a 4-track tape recorder, turntable, and a microphone. And, now as seasoned veterans, Emanon delivers a solid Hip-Hop album that music lovers can appreciate.
“Born in the dead of winter, screaming at the world as I enter/ Demons pulling me in, to being a sinner/ More than the angels fool me to saint/ Blueprinting life on white canvas with no brushes or paint/ Just blood out my veins, fingers stroking the pain/ Slave drippin’ slowly insane, legs shackles and chains/ Visualize the shit that I’m saying, it’s vivid to some/ Overexposed flows that I’ve delivered have come/ Like my uncle pours a sip of the ale/ Grey hair blendin’ in with the smoke he inhale.” – Aloe Blacc
Download Emanon’s ‘Dystopia‘ album on iTunes.(3.8 / 5)