[Author's Note: Although this album came out in August, it's been in heavy rotation around my house, and as XP is one of my absolute favorite local cats, I felt compelled to put it down on paper.]
One of the most soulful MCs in our upper left corner, Olympia’s Xperience spits thoughtful lyrics about society today, creating songs that call for unification and community involvement, and outline the struggles that inevitably beget the realization of his visions. “See it’s a beautiful color when we’re united/but they don’t wanna see us together, they need us fightin’,” the Oldominion rapper/producer preaches early on in “1000 Suns”; a song on the front end of the album that uses his strong sense of spirituality, and tough midwest upbringing as a jumping off point to discuss larger problems within our culture.
While Xperience’s lyrics often deal with such tough stories and serious rhetoric, the production (which is mainly–and superbly–crafted by SmokeM2D6 and XP himself) mostly takes on a lighter tone, which allows him to sing with a gentle sway in between or in lieu of his rapped verses throughout much of the album. Songs like “Black Nails” and “CoCo Jones” both feature his smooth singing exclusively, and turn out down right bouncy in their own way. While he does lean a bit heavily on his bassy pulpit delivery on several of the other tracks, it comes and goes with the tone of the song, and to an extent, actually lends context to his sermon-like bars.
In short, the album prove’s worthy of our endorsement, and can be conveniently ordered through CDBaby. You can even check out “CoCo Jones” after the jump for a taste.