Ok here’s a statement for you; this EP right here you will either dig or it might well go over your head. Yup, you read that right, its one of those that will evoke a lot of opinions. Swedish producer Erik L links up for a collabo with rapper debonair 7even:Thirty to produce an extended player that is both inventive and creative. My only question is why only an EP, why not a full album? Perhaps that’s to come in the future. A word of caution, Rhyme Travelin’ may not be for everyone’s ears.I know taste is a varied thing but I will venture to say this will invariably be very appealing to real hip hop underground heads and to the X Games crowd-skaters, bikers, skiers, free runners etc. Fans of that old skool 70s funk a la Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy, Afrika Bambaataa and even the experimental and intergalactic feening Sun Ra, will enjoy this. Now let’s chop it up, let’s get into the meat and bones of it.
7even:thirty & Erik L
Erik L is a Swedish producer who is garnering high acclaim with his hypnotising space age funk sounds. His reputation is international and precedes Swedish hip hop. He has worked with artists like: Illingsworth, Cerebral Vortex, Blu, Stray, Illa J, Rep Life, Sene amongst others.
7even:Thirty is a cosmic intergalactic rapping MC hailing from planet Jackson, Mississippi. Don’t let the lingo throw you, 7even can and does rap. Dude is a talent whatever flow a song calls for. Look him up you might just like what comes out of your speaker.
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Those familiar with Erik L’s extensive producing credits will know the man is all about that funk. And ‘Rhyme Travelin’ is no different. Funk is the dish of the day and the condiments are an array of horns, keys, slammer basslines, the hypnotising vocals together with the guest MCees helping out 7even:Thirty. The first track is all about ‘Time Travelin’ and features Paul Mac Innes on top form. There’s no gentle intro or gimmicks here, it’s straight into the buzz and flow of the EP. The next song ‘Future Flow’ featuring Hezekiah is one hell of a track.
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It is a perfect marriage of beats and just the right amount of vocals, flows and all. This song is so good there are three versions of it on a seven track EP. Bootsy Collins influences are all the more evident on ‘Make Her Dance’ a one verse lovers’ slow dance anthem.
Erik L and 7even:Thirty have produced something different here. Let’s hope they get enough support to want to do it again, we might just get a full length album out of them.