"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