Booty&theKidd’s The Heart of it All is a rap album unlike any other. While many rappers spend the entirety of tracks spitting fast lyrics and beats, the Columbus-based duo take their slam poetry to a new dimension. Behind their raw poetry is an inventive assortment of instrumentals, proving their skills surpass clever lyrics.
Each track highlights a specific aspect of music – from piano, to saxophone, guitar, drums, and even flute and violin. The collection contains an artful display of variety and talent through experimenting with sounds and genres. Any true music lover can find a resonating aspect within the eclectic album.
The Heart of it All begins with an indie-rock influenced song, “Fire,” showcasing the instrumental capabilities of these musicians. It acts as a blend of the instruments, themes, and vocals the listener will see stripped and isolated throughout the progression of the fourteen tracks.
At first glance, the album appears to be typical of most within the genre of rap: upbeat tracks and lyrics about smoking marijuana. “Fire,” “Studio Apartment” and “Mountains” maintain a lightheartedness, rapping about, “too many things on [the] mind, and again, that’s why we got high.”
Whereas most rap albums would continue with this aesthetic, Booty&theKidd delve deeper into emotion while simultaneously breaking the mold of genre.
The third track of the album, “Futurama,” instigates their experimental journey. Lyrics and standard beats may open the track, but after a while, the track transforms into electronic tones followed by jazzy harmonizing of the saxophone.
The middle and closing of the song allow the rapping to cease; it is replaced with lengthy and smooth saxophone solos. “Futurama” is when the album gets its stride, exemplifying Booty&theKidd’s focus on the exploration of musical styles.
“Mountains” and “Thang” play with the funky groove of the saxophone while “Sweet New England” implements the flute.
Booty&theKidd do not hesitate pushing the boundary of experimentation; they add external clippings and distorted background vocals, giving the music a trippy feeling of psychedelia. These forms, straying from hip-hop, highlight the uniqueness of the album. Tracks dip into genres of jam, psychedelic rock, indie-rock, and old-school funk and soul.
As the sampling of genres continues, so does lyrical depth. The musicians’ talent excels in “Get,” a track whose words mirror melody. A slow guitar strums behind stimulating lyrics, allowing emotion to shine through while the tune transcends the stigma of hip-hop.
Booty&theKidd push their powerful lyrics even further within “Rainmann’s Interlude” and “The Song Before Kings.” The tracks are not rapped, but rather sung while a lovely lullaby plays upon the piano.
“Rainmann’s Interlude” exhibits the genre of singer-songwriter, as the artist beautifully sings, “And I’m going insane, I scream where I lay, I can’t count sheep. Time is on my side, but it won’t talk to me.”
Although The Heart of it All is scattered with differing genres, somehow Booty&theKidd have created a cohesive album. Complexity is illuminated through lyrics, composition, and variety.
The listener is given surface-level, fun tracks filled with weed-smoking and psychedelia, but as the album progresses, the hearts of the musicians are unwrapped (or un-rapped, as in “Rainmann’s Interlude”).
Booty&theKidd demonstrate who they are as artists: an incredibly talented, eclectic band made up of true music lovers. Whether a fan of psychedelic rock, indie-rock, funk, jam, or rap, The Heart of it All is an album to be cherished; a work of art and tribute to the vast and endless possibilities of music.
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