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Reks – Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme album review

Reks has knocked it out the park with his latest album, R.E.K.S. (Rhythmic Eternal King Supreme); an ode to himself. This is an album that acts as an extended hyperbole of his own skils. Reks steps up his game with an album that is brimming with lyricism, creative and innovative wordplay compilations, skilled production and of course the originality and thoughtfulness that listeners expect to hear from Reks.

Fans have come to know that a Reks album delivers everything that epitomizes good Hip Hop. He takes you there with a smooth flow, and just the right touch retro homage.

REKS has elevated his style since we first heard Along Came the Chosen; R.E.K.S. (Rhythmic Eternal King Supreme) is a definitive step in the evolution of an artist that has maintained a following that regards him as relevant, in touch and a deliverer of poignancy. Next to no radio play and minimal commercial recognition; those who truly appreciate the art of pure and un-commercialized Hip Hop recognize the relevance of REKS. He’s an artist of the people; nothing being more of a testament to this than About.com voting his 2008 single “Say Goodnight” as #3 on their list of greatest rap songs. But mainstream need not add any validation because REKS remains lethal in his rapid-fire delivery and blunt language use. The first song, “25th Hour” sets the tone for the delivery of this album, lulling with it’s smooth rhythms, but punches hard with its manner of simile abandonment. This rapper has something to say and has no time to romance you, he simply wants you to listen and maybe even truly pay attention. It is this attitude that does just that.

There is so much richness in this album that is in itself a commentary and critique on Hip Hop; whether it be the fame hungry mainstream or the ever-striving, underground MC who at times spends more time complaining about the mainstream than making good music. Reks holds no punches as he criticizes Young Money and his perception of their over-zealous chase to be all that is commercial and being little of what is actually good music.

“Limelight” is a song that mentions everyone from Kanye to Drake, Facebookers to Tweeters; all those people and things that become more important than the real thing: the music. But those coveted underground cats are not left out as Reks rattles off the names of underground artists like Little Brother, Jay Electronica and the commentator and author Toure. In his eyes no one is sacred because everyone has forgotten that it is the music and those people that live the lives that provide the inspiration for the music are what are truly important.

R.E.K.S (Rhythmic Eternal King Supreme) is a blend of truth, thought, criticiscm, and a lot of ego rolled into an album that is made for those that appreciate an actual artist that speaks his or her truth in a world where truth and authenticity is often de-valued.

Reks - Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme album review

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