Lute
West1996


4.0
excellent

Review

by Beram C. Lansay USER (21 Reviews)
March 8th, 2012 | 196 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Praise the RZA"

Lute claims that, as a child who grew up during the 90's in Charlotte, he was exposed to genres such as blues, jazz, and rock. Sure, he also claims some of his biggest influences as Common, Nas, and even the RZA, but blues and jazz seem to be held very close to his heart. Lute, philosophically speaking, actually seems to be stuck in the past entirely. This would explain why he named his album ”West1996”, commemorating the moment he listened to his first hip hop album. His style and flow harken back to the 90's, arguably the golden era of the genre. Lute certainly believes this, and his work makes it unmistakeably evident.

He also believes in breaking the barrier that North Carolina has something to contribute to the rap game. He establishes this by having an assortment of guest emcees, so local their names even elude Google, spit lines “ignitin' like my blunt lit, spittin' like a full clip”. On the track "West Nine 6”, Lute nonchalantly confirms that we are hearing correctly by stating “my whole team is the illest, infectious with the flow so you gonna need some penicillin”. He brings it back home on the track "Carolina Folks” with a subtle stab at the Petey Pablo song ”Raise Up”, telling North Carolina to “keep your shirts on”.

Wit is not in short supply on ”West1996”, but neither is style. The jazz inspired sampling blends flawlessly with the lyrical delivery. Lute's flow floats effortlessly atop the gritty samples as he depicts his struggle to make it. In fact, jazz sampled albums, such as ”Illmatic”, clearly inspired much of this one. It is this same fact that holds the album back though, or at least somewhat. There are no tracks as memorable as “NY State of Mind” but when it comes down to it, that is hardly a complaint. ”West1996” is so smooth, so fluid of a listening experience that it ends before you realize it. Ultimately that is the biggest complaint, that we only get a little over 30 minutes of material.

Lute, who also happens to be influenced by the artist Big KRIT, points out that “Music is music long as it comes from the heart. No one can tell you that it's not a song if you can paint a picture of your struggle, your happiness, whatever it may be, as long as it's true to you and some one out there can relate, then it's music.” and he has a point. It may seem humble of him to make that point but make no mistake, he has big plans. Lute's presence on ”West1996” demands your attention, as if the throne of hip hop was his for taking. This is an incredibly solid debut for the young Carolinian, and right now it seems as if the sky is the limit. “Praise the RZA” because Lute has risen.



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lancebramsay
March 8th 2012


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

for free here:

http://westsidelute.bandcamp.com/album/west1996

Hey, I still write reviews.

artificialbox
March 8th 2012


628 Comments


I stumbled upon this when I was browsing the hip hop tag on bandcamp just a few days ago and I liked it. Nice review.

lancebramsay
March 8th 2012


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks for reading. I've been digging real hard on this album the past few days. You got a favorite track?

artificialbox
March 8th 2012


628 Comments


Hmm, probably 80 Proof or Real2Real

lancebramsay
March 8th 2012


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

oh, music video for real2real:
http://vimeo.com/35896720

731
March 8th 2012


662 Comments


Wow terrible review but it's only your 17th so i'll give you a free pass

ThroneOfAgony
March 8th 2012


3485 Comments


is he trying to rip off the Illmatic album cover?

lancebramsay
March 8th 2012


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The review was really that bad?

And I wouldn't say rip off, more of a homage.

jimmykidd
March 8th 2012


532 Comments


nice review. sounds like id dig this.

Tupik
March 8th 2012


673 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds very nice, will check out

CaptainDooRight
March 8th 2012


29881 Comments


cool band name and cover but I don't listen hip hop unless its unbelievably ground pushing

doubt I'd like this

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chambered69
March 8th 2012


1253 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

interesting

CaptainDooRight
March 8th 2012


29881 Comments


I do however like rza from way back in the days, does this guy sound like that? fuk here goes my interest ;]

gabethepiratesquid
March 8th 2012


4521 Comments


I hate hip-hop that's a throwback to 90s but I'll check it out.

PorkchopExpress
March 8th 2012


387 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this is really good.

lancebramsay
March 8th 2012


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

If you enjoy Illmatic, you should enjoy this.

Activista anti-MTV
March 8th 2012


3146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

oh man, free music

nice review pos'd

Activista anti-MTV
March 8th 2012


3146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Carolina folks #swaghashtag

Funeralopolis
March 8th 2012


11557 Comments


90s rap is definitely the best.

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Tupik
March 8th 2012


673 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is very good, might end up being a 4. I'd love to hear him on original beats (There might be some
on here, but I know I've heard most of them before).

Carolina Folks is so good



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