The words “refreshingly original” come to mind when reviewing this track by Richard Raw. It has somewhat of a nostalgic meditative hip-hop feel to it, meaning that it is a song that you can sit back and cruise to on the highway while your thoughts wander. A very down to earth flow takes you on a journey through several of life’s situations that you can’t help but to relate to. The blend between the production of the track and the “artistry” by Raw reminds us of a well known combination from the early 2000’s by two top shelf rappers. We’re not going to mention their names because we don’t want to incept that in your head, but lets see if you can pick up on it too. Much like the other songs from Raw, his delivery is all but amateur. You can tell that its a practiced sound, which must have took a lot of repetition and hours, that now allow his verses to sound completely professional. All in all this is a very solid piece of work, and after listening to this “food for thought”, its likely that you’ll find yourself looking for more of Richard Raw’s music to absorb and see what else he’s got to say.
If you’ve been sleeping on Richard Raw it’s time to open your third eye. The moment the song begins you can tell that this isn’t the the type to “fit in” with the rest of what hip-hop fans are being force fed by the radio. Raw manages to flow so seamlessly over this instrumental, which could be flawlessly interchanged with any hit from your parent’s favorite oldies group of the early 1970′s. The beauty of this profound work of art is he still manages to lace this melody with main stream hip-hop’s favorite topics. The content couldn’t be any more relevant with urban americans, by him using terms like “ya’ll sleep” or the topic of joining network marketing companies such as “Wake Up Now.” The message of the track is to be cognizant of what happened then and now in Black America. Richard differentiates himself from other indie artists with his message and his image. Think classic Mos Def giving a black history lesson over a dope beat and really kicking knowledge. Based on the sound that a lot of indie artist are trying to emulate, this is definitely taking a bold leap down a less walked path. Raw is speaking directly to anyone who is willing to aggressively change the African American society or just really likes that classic laid back hip-hop feel.
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Richard Raw uses music as an engine for social change!!