Published on February 15th, 2013 | by Retro19200
Meet The Press – Aye Burks [Review]
If this is your introduction to Aye Burks, it will not take long to admire the fresh perspective in which Burks generates his creativity. In an era of mixtapes (surprisingly doing more good than harm for some young artists across the world) the one downfall has been an artist’s body of work not sounding cohesive enough. From the very beginning, Aye Burks separates himself from the traditional mixtape filled with singles and establishes his efforts to maintain a conceptual agreement that is bounded by his album title – Meet The Press: The Art of Story Telling, Craft of Journalism. An attempt at a cohesive body of work is always celebrated in the Hip-Hop community, and while doing so Burks gets a point across that he is not afraid to take risks. The emcee seems to be on a journey where he is intuitively filling a void in the hip-hop arena.
On Meet The Press: The Art of Story Telling, Craft of Journalism, Aye Burks shows the potential to execute a relevant and conceptual body of work. From the beginning of the project, a subsequent news soundbite attacks listeners with a mysterious score in the back drop. Aye Burks attacks the Hip-Hop arena immediately with a resemblance of an episode of Matlock. Burks delivery screeches similar to Nickelus F, and may be the only thing stopping beat choice and flow comparisons to a young blueprint-styled Jay-Z. Throughout the project, Burks addresses key social and political issues – gun control, abortion, corrupt politicians, infidelity, and subtly black on black violence. What is unique about Aye Burks’ presentation is his diction. His tone, which is closely connected to the way his words flow, is similar to the tone an author would use as a narrative in a novel or an editorial piece. Each track on the album is fitting, much like an audio version of an Edgar Allen Poe novel.
Rap, more than ever has been stereotyped, but Burks carries relevant issues in American culture and dissects them much like a producer would for a television station. At times, Burks wears different hats, first and third person perspective (alternating person view) to give the listener an unbiased observation of the issue. On “The Mayor’s Wife: Devil in a New Dress,” Burks starts the record off in third-person point of view and gradually takes the point of view of the wife. Lastly, Burks is in first-person perspective of someone who is an accomplice of infidelity with the Mayor’s Wife.
The only downfall of the album is at times Burks’ vocals seem washed out by the jazzy instrumentation presented throughout his album, which is a miniscule problem faced by many artists who are not signed to a major label. Burks is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. Over the next couple years I would recommend that Burks experiments more with his cadence and delivery, building off of his current confidence it is possible that he can progress in these areas. Subsequently, Aye Burks’ tone is perfect for what he had in mind for his solo effort. The execution of tracks is somewhere between extensive and cliff hanging, much like a long narrative read in a book, but it works.
There is no question, Aye Burks’ pen game is phenomenal. The way he observes the world is a gift to any poet. Three tracks in, you feel as if you’ve walked the same footsteps and have shared the same views. As Burks states in the self-titled track, “would you rather be trending topic or elephant in room?” Not only does he have the imagery and word choice of a poet slash television producer, but he also has witty and clever punchlines any rapper would envy (the best of both worlds).
Aye Burks provides somewhat of a Hip-Hop musical ensemble for listeners. Two listens of Meeting The Press, the whole way through, would still not be enough for advocates to understand how cohesive the body of work is from Aye Burks. Nonetheless, Burks shows his commitment to fill a void in the Hip-Hop arena. A project of this caliber will take time to process for its genius, much like the Danny! album Charm.
Meet The Press: The Art of Story Telling, Craft of Journalism can be Downloaded [here]