If you missed any of the new reviews this past week including Lone Catalysts' "Culture" then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap Up!
Lone Catalysts :: Culture
Author: Matt Jost
"If the similar cover motif is any indication, Lone Catalysts' "Culture" can be understood as an answer of sorts to Migos' "Culture," a release that with certainty has reached more ears than the entire Lone Catalysts catalog ever will and that has already been followed up and doubled up by the just as wide-reaching sequel "Culture II." What some might view as a one-sided dialogue, would in fact in hip-hop be seen as a legitimate offer to negotiate. Nobody asked J. Sands and J. Rawls for their opinion on a trio of rappers that got it and flaunt it and simultaneously claim the c word, but that doesn't mean that they don't have one, and so in true hip-hop fashion they seem to have decided to counter with their own definition of culture, hip-hop or otherwise. Jermaine Sanders and Jason Rawls had been making music together since the mid-'90s, but didn't hit the international indie circuit until 2001 when their boldly titled debut "Hip Hop" marked them as to-the-letter inheritors of rappity raps and jazzy beats, even as their laid-back disposition ran the risk of reversing their intended revitalization of hip-hop into its opposite. "Hip Hop" was hip-hop having calmed down after its tumultuous adolescence, still passionate and purposeful, but more in spirit than in reality. While the producer and the rapper have kept themselves busy over the years, their 2017 release, at least ideologically, signals a return to the fundamental approach of their debut. Some of "Culture"'s song titles suggest that LC intended to break so-called hip-hop culture down to its elements"
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