The state of Hip-Hop has reached a point in which it’s suffering from lack of creativity. But the 832, a pair of brothers from Oklahoma City, bring us a huge dose of creativity with their dark edgy sophomore album The Rap-ture. While not an entirely new approach, The Rap-ture plays out like a book, each track being a chapter dealing with political and social themes that affect and are relatable to the inner city, but not often talked about in the mainstream.
Brothers Nawlege 405 and Solomis bring us an album of 16 terrific tracks of pure storytelling, not the flash poppy stuff that passes as rap music today. It’s an album reminiscent of the Wu Tang Clan and Nas, using metaphor and poetry, a touch of consciousness with gritty lyrics.
This album pulls no punches; 832 is giving it to you raw but do it in such a way that you want to root for 832 to bring Hip-Hop back to its storytelling roots. That’s not to say The Rap-ture brings it back old school, a cheap way to garner cred and attention. What The Rap-ture does is give you a 2015 approach to how rap music can sound fresh but still give you a feel for the old school. To call the Rap-ture a return to old school is an insult to one of the most creative, lyrically honest albums by a rap duo that has what it takes to be one of the leaders of the new school.
Author: Rob Perez
Rob Perez is a freelance writer who has been with The Music Universe early on. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, you will find him writing reviews and live tweeting awards shows.