Faction - Hip Hop Is Back
- Artist: Faction
- Album: Hip Hop Is Back
- Label: N/A
- Year of Release: 2013
- ME Rating:
- Reviewed by: carlita on 2013-02-13
Contrary to Nas' belief that "Hip Hop is Dead", K Shay and T.K. otherwise known as duo Faction beg to differ. Dropping Hip Hop Is Back on Valentine's Day, Faction actually does "murda mics" consistently on this hot album. On a mission to drop something with substance unlike what is saturating the mainstream, they dig deep introspectively on whether they will be remembered, ("Why Am I Here?" , "I Will Always Be Around"),depression ("What If I Died Tomorrow?"), love ("My Love Song", duh), chasing fame ("Is It All A Dream?") and externally, socially commenting on hip-hop and the world in general, revealing traces of early 8 Mile vintage Eminem throughout.
Speaking the truth on "What Happened?" featuring Katherine Allison (who reminded me of Paramore's Hayley Williams), they lament how the hip-hop genre has changed into talking about "drugs and getting laid". In the spirit of Dead Prez and Immortal Technique, Faction challenges the government ("F*ck the President. How's that for First Amendment?") and questions conspiracy theories eloquently on "The World Today". Injecting some humor on the "Intro" and "The Source (Interview)", KShay and T.K.
refute their rep as "whiny babies/b-tches", making me laugh while listening. I randomly happened to be on a quest this week for new hip-hop and this landed in my hands just at the right time. Problem solved. "Thank You".
"Hip Hop" is most def back with a vengeance.
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