My Verse

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place
What is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
PSALM 8:3-4

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"Natural Disaster Baptism" by Heath McNease Song Review

"Let me be 'till the levee breaks / Baptize the streets / Oh! So much blood on my hands / Ain't no way we'll ever be clean"

Heath McNease, "Natural Disaster Baptism"

Heath McNease has been one of my favorite rappers for a while now. I first discovered him by his album The Gun Show, which he released on 7Spin records a while ago, which is one of my favorite rap albums. He embraces a very experimental sample-based brand of hip-hop, which really shines through on his recent mix tape Straight Outta Console, which features a lot of solid 8-bit inspired beats by For Beat's Sake and guest appearances by guys like Playdough, Redcloud and KJ-52. That album is easily one of my favorites from last year, with so many excellent songs. When I heard that a new non-mixtape album was coming out, I was quite excited.

Thrift Store Jesus (his latest) has already dropped, but here's a quick review of the first track off of it, "Natural Disaster Baptism". The song shows Heath as his standard quirky self, relying on a electric bassline and blues guitar squeals to accentuate the beat. It sounds somewhat similar to his track "Firing Squad" off of The Gun Show, except more in-your-face in this case. It's all held up by Heath's rambling, semi-philosophical musings spat expertly over the beat. I really have little to say about it, except it's pretty standard McNease stuff. The good thing is that "standard" for McNease is pretty good. If you're a fan of artsy, blues-inspired hip-hop, this is definitely for you. If you're not, still give it a shot. He's a creative enough guy to make stuff that a lot of people can enjoy.

Heath McNease, "Natural Disaster Baptism": 8/10

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