Safari Al – Hermitage Academy
Record Label: None
Release Date: January 7th, 2012
Safari Al is self-described as the only rapper you know who has a subscription to the Troll & Toad newsletter, but he’s also a rapper from Kenosha, WI with a decent debut on his hands. On Facebook he claims to be influenced by anime series Samurai Champloo, but musically speaking, he seems to have found influence in Atmosphere and J. Dilla.
How is it?
More often than not, the vocals tends to pound atop the instrumentation, only clashing a few times throughout the album. A faster delivery is attempted on "Bellow of the Urbanite", but it feels shoehorned in with the relaxed flow the is used on the rest of the songs. The artist incorporates singing several times on this album, but it mostly limited to choruses, . Lyrically, he bounces around from topic to topic, such as: his luck with the ladies (or lack thereof), listing off the things he can do well, and how his city is as much a cage as it is his home. One thing that I hope is abandoned on future releases is the "repeat what was was just said several times with increasing intensity" tactic. Other than that, this was a pretty enjoyable release from start to finish.