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Powerful and moving without being overbearing
author: John Book/Music For America
When I reviewed Leroy Smokes back in The Run-Off Groove #118, I stated that at a time when things have become mind-numbingly generic, they may become the refresher that true heads are thirsting for. The group consists of two MC's and a collective of musicians, and as someone who always looks for a good live band, they offered a style of hip-hop that was uniquely their own, and had nothing to do with any other hip-hop bands with varying levels of popularity. Everyone in the group is free to do their own side projects. One of the MC's, B Ruckus, is presenting himself as Brainchild, and The Brainchild Project (Smokesignyl) is B's brand of hip-hop that can be both raw and accessible at the same time, and for the most part is heavier than his work with Leroy Smokes. If his band is about letting the hair down and celebrating the good life, The Brainchild Project is about getting down to work to discuss and come up with solutions to the problems of the world. and questioning if any of it makes sense.Some songs on the album have a Dave Matthews Band-type feel to it, while others could have been forgotten outtakes on Common's Like Water For Chocolate. One may feel a need to play this back to back with Sublime. There's a lot of character to each of these songs, whether Brainchild is rapping or allowing others to speak for him while he produce and mixes the sounds. It's his "project" that makes you want to hear more of what he and his musical family has to offer, because while attention is paid towards him, it is very much a group effort between family and friends, a type of vibe that has little to do with commercial or Hollywood endorsements, and more about smoking good herb and living for today in the hopes of a better tomorrow. That's what The Brainchild Project is too, a hopeful album with powerful and moving messages, done without being overbearing.