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Metal/Post-Hardcore and rap/hip-hop are two entirely separate entities in the music world. So when one thinks of a rocker trying his hand at the rap world, the first thought would be that doing such likely wouldn’t be a good idea. But on the new mixtape release from his rap/hip-hop project, Feel Good!, former This Day Will Tell bassist Robby Tucker shows that it is possible for a rocker to enter a wholly different world and succeed.
“Weekend Life” is a surprisingly solid outing for Tucker, boasting more than enough material to please any basshead and beat lover. Add in a largely positive lyrical vibe, and this release will be even more of a fan favorite. It should be noted however, that there is more than enough foul language to qualify this release for a parental advisory sticker. In other words, while it is a lyrically positive release, it’s not exactly kid friendly. One of the more uplifting pieces on “Weekend Life” comes in the form of ‘Before The Show’. Tucker writes here, “My life is constant celebration/Drinks are always pourin’/Yeah, you should hear it inside my heart/It sounds like lions roarin’/I couldn’t be happier/The sun even looks like it’s shining brighter/yeah, I’m so high on life/I don’t need smokes, like/here’s your lighter.” The song continues on in this fashion. And combined with the solid beats backing it, it stands out as one of the best tracks on the release.
‘Shiny and New’ is another high point to “Weekend Life.” It’s a good opener, boasting a sound similar to the likes of Kanye West, Common, or even other rappers of that ilk. The old school style music backing Tucker’s vocal stylings, along with the guest vocals would lead any casual listener to believe that Tucker’s a seasoned veteran to the rap game. The album’s closer, ‘Something Like Jazz (Daydreamin’)’ is just a solid closer as ‘Shiny and New’ is an opener. Just as ‘Shiny and New’ gives listeners an easygoing open, ‘Something Like Jazz (Daydreamin’)’ leaves listeners with an easy feeling after taking them on a musical and lyrical journey. All combined this release proves that it is possible for an artist in one genre to try his hand at something entirely different. And in those rare cases such as this, that attempt to branch out has proven successful. It’s a record that both rap fans and fans of his former group, This Day Will Tell, will enjoy, too.
“Weekend Life” is available now. It can be downloaded at http://www.mediafire.com/?1te84k5yh6qckkw. And to get all the latest on Robby Tucker and Feel Good, go online to http://www.facebook.com/Feelgoodofficial.
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