Late last month, veteran reggae artist Nattli Rize released her latest full-length studio recording Rebel Frequency. Rize’s second full-length studio recording, Rebel Frequency puts on full display the political activism so common to her music and her deep running reggae roots. This record’s opener and title track is a key example of those elements. ‘Evolutionary,’ which comes later in the album’s run, is another example of said elements. ‘Hypocrisy’ is one more example of Rize’s political and musical leanings that are so evident once again throughout this album. Between the songs noted here and those not noted, the lyrical and musical material presented throughout make this record one of this year’s top new reggae records.
Nattali Rize’s sophomore LP Rebel Frequency is one of 2017’s top new reggae records. That is due to the musical and lyrical statements made throughout the course of the record’s 12-song body. The statements made through its musical arrangements will keep listeners moving from one to the next while the lyrical statements will get listeners thinking and potentially even politically active in their respective communities. The record’s opener and title track is just one of the songs included in this record that supports these statements. In regards to its musical arrangement, ‘Rebel Frequency’ impresses because it mixes old school reggae guitar licks and crosses them with more modern electronic elements for an arrangement that proves fully infectious and danceable. The song’s lyrical content is just as infectious and even more powerful.
The lyrical content presented in ‘Rebel Frequency’ is just as infectious and powerful as its musical arrangement because of the message that it sends to listeners. Rize sings here, “When you think this world can be ruff/You’ve had enough and you nah go take any more/Well now the mission is resistance/So we can get new existence/Now you know what we’re fighting for.” This is just as sampling of the message that Rize delivers in this song. She also sings about unity among races and religions, and about standing up for one’s political beliefs. Most interesting of all is the connectivity of those topics. Her ability to move from one topic to the next so smoothly is impressive in its own right. Of course, when those powerful words are set alongside the song’s energetic arrangement, the pair’s coupling clearly exhibits in themselves why this record’s music and lyrics are so important to its overall presentation. ‘Evolutionary’ stands out as another example of the importance this record’s musical and lyrical content to its overall presentation.
‘Rebel Frequency’ translates clearly to listeners through every channel thanks to its musical and lyrical content. The two elements together make the song a solid start to Rebel Frequency. They also serve to show why the record’s musical and lyrical content are so important to the record’s presentation. The musical and lyrical content presented in ‘Evolutionary’ do much the same without wholly repeating any of the songs that come before. The song’s musical arrangement stands out because while it maintains the reggae roots influences that have made her a fan favorite, it does far more than that. It couples that standard reggae sound with a much more upbeat hip-hop/EDM hybrid arrangement for a composition that is certain to get listeners moving just as much as the record’s opener and the songs that follow. It is just one part of what makes the song stand out, though. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangement.
The lyrical material presented in ‘Evolutionary’ is important to discuss because it is just as thought-provoking as that presented in ‘Rebel Frequency.’ Rize actually displays her hip-hop chops here as she raps, “One mind, one voice can be all it takes to spark a fyah that liberates/Watch your words, what they perpetuate/This world is one that we co-create/We live this dream while the dreamers sleep/So we shift their mindset and we celebrate/Champion of the mission, yeh/We come to live in love/System crusher, no oppressor/We go rize above/Forward pon the mountain/Tell our people here we come/Overstand in this movement/One is all and all are one/Revolution is the evolution of our consciousness and minds.” The message here is very much along the lines of that presented in ‘Rebel Frequency.’ The difference between the two is that here Rize adds in a message about thinking before one speaks along with other messages. Again, the transitions from statement to statement make the song all the more enjoyable. When those transitions are set alongside the song’s messages and its musical arrangement, the whole of those elements makes the song in whole another standout addition to the record. They show in whole again the importance of this record’s musical and lyrical content to its overall presentation. Collectively, they make this song just one more of the record’s standout works. ‘Hypocrisy’ is yet another example of the importance of the musical and lyrical content presented in this record.
‘Rebel Frequency’ and ‘Evolutionary’ both prove to be key additions to Nattali Rize’s latest LP. That is due both to their musical arrangements and to their lyrical content. Those elements make both songs stand out additions to Rize’s new record. They also show why the record’s musical and lyrical content stands out so strongly in its presentation. Much the same can be said of ‘Hyprocrisy,’ which comes even later in the record’s run. This song’s musical arrangement is a pure, upbeat reggae composition, driven by Rize’s work on the guitar. That upbeat arrangement in itself does plenty to keep listeners engaged. The song’s lyrical theme builds on that interest by protesting in a manner of speaking. She protests against a variety of items including politicians and working conditions for everyday workers (or so it would seem). Such statements throw back to reggae’s roots in every way. Keeping that in mind, the song’s lyrical theme and its musical arrangement partner to show why it is one more standout addition to Rebel Frequency. They combine to show once more why the record’s musical and lyrical content are key to its overall presentation. The other songs not noted here could be used just as easily to display the importance of the record’s musical and lyrical content. All things considered, the musical and lyrical content presented throughout Rebel Frequency paints a picture of a record that any old school and new school reggae fans alike will appreciate; a record that is one of this year’s top new reggae records.
Nattali Rize’s new LP Rebel Frequency broadcasts a musical and lyrical message that will appeal to reggae fans of all ages and tastes. That is due in part to musical arrangements that expertly balance old school reggae foundations with new school elements. This is done throughout the course of the record’s 12-song body with not a single song rehashing the last. The record’s lyrical content is just as important to note because of the positive vibes presented in each song’s lyrics. The combination of those two elements in each song makes the record in whole a surprisingly enjoyable work from start to finish. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Rebel Frequency is available online now at:
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