It’s been a while since I’ve listened to this guy’s music, but man I didn’t know that Mighty Slim is on his high life crooner tip lately. Nicely done.
I was invited this Saturday as a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme to discuss issues around the theme of poetry, emotions and masculinity. My fellow guest, Anthony Holden, is one of a father-and-son team of editors of a new anthology, ‘Poems That Make Grown Men Cry’ (Simon & Schuster), in which 100 well-known men each introduce a poem that moves them to tears. On the radio, we only had 5 minutes right at the end of the show, so I thought I put my ideas down more fully here.
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Lately in hip-hop, there’s a lotta talk about what’s real and what isn’t. Everybody wants to know who’s faking it and who isn’t. Well if you’re looking for something authentic, look no further than Bara Blaque.
I knew this cat way back when guys used to call him Echo and I gotta say, he’s come a long way since then. Bara has always been a Jekyll and Hyde kind of character. One minute, he’s flying off the handles and the next, he’s laying down some incredibly deep thought-provoking ideas. That’s not just how he is personally; that’s how his music is as well. He’s one of those guys treats his music like an extension of himself – the way a lot of rappers used to do it.
Bara holds nothing back on this project. He’ll tell you stories about the things he’s been through to get to this point. He talks about personal demons that he’s done battle with and conquered as well as those that he continues to battle with. He gives you his quasi-epistemological musings on the nature of spirituality and belief. All of the tracks are tightly wrapped layers of heavy lyricism and sick beats – albeit with a few rough edges. But then again, in both the art form and the artist, rough edges build character.
Now, I’ll be honest. I’m probably biased because I’ve known him longer than pretty much anyone reading this review but I dare you to tell me that I’m wrong. It’s real, it’s raw, and it’ll scare you witless you’re not prepared what you will experience.