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Unconscious Prophet – Universal Pace (Album Review)

Unconscious Prophet takes unorthodox routes to make it to the finish line of “Universal Pace.”


TOP 5

 

5. KAVORKA ONE & TWO

“Kavorka One & Two” is one helluva love song.

For the first minute and a half of “Kavorka One & Two,” Unconscious Prophet shows off his romantic side (Seriously, he does). Not only does he talk about his sexcapades, but he also talks about being a heartthrob that attracts ladies like a magnet. For the last minute and a half of the song, he comes across like a sex fiend that needs a good touch to keep him alive.

The first side of “Kavorka One & Two” features sly flows and a smooth instrumental. The second side of the song features a rock instrumental and a fierce style of rapping.

 

 

4. OILS OF CRANIATE

Unconscious Prophet plays a rap boogeyman in “Oils Of Craniate.”

“Oils Of Craniate” will confirm that Unconscious Prophet is a kill-a-rapper type rapper. Throughout the song, he spits intricate bars that are meant to convince you that he has an icebox where his heart used to be.

Jesus, the flows that Unconscious Prophet raps with on “Oil Of Craniate” will stun you. In the first phase of the song, he dissects a funky-sounding beat at a pace that is molasses-like, while in the second phase of the song, he dissects a beat that is a little more action-packed with flows that are intimidating.

 

 

3. TEA LEAVES

Just like actual tea leaves, there’s something that is therapeutic about “Tea Leaves.”

Unconscious Prophet’s ability to hypnotize folks with his music is highlighted in “Tea Leaves.” The song boasts vibes that will do everything in its power to put you on hip-hop cloud 9. The song also features very consistent rap flows and lyrics that will convince you that UP is one of the most unbreakable, focused, unconventional, and competitive rappers in the world today.

 

 

2. SLAG EXPANSION

In “Slag Expansion,” Unconscious Prophet holds nothing back when it comes to displaying his superpowers to the world.

Unconscious Prophet literally sounds charged up in “Slag Expansion.” Since the song features an instrumental that is full of both electric sounds and Godzilla-like vibes, you get a version of our hero that is ready to destroy everything in sight. Matter of fact, while listening to the song, I think one of my folding lawn chairs fell down.

The flows, the aggression, and the ballsiness that Unconscious Prophet raps with on “Slag Expansion” should blow you away. It’s almost like he treated the song’s beat like a punching back.

 

 

1. LOS YORK, NEW ANGELES

I can honestly say that I love the first half of “Los York, New Angeles.” It features a beat that I felt in my soul, sly flows, and lyrics that will motivate you, lyrics that will make you shiver (That Kobe line got me), and lyrics that will force you to put respect on Unconscious Prophet’s name.

The second half of “Los York, New Angeles” is grungy as hell. Matter of fact, it is powered by a beat that sounds gassy as s**t. No need to worry, Unconscious Prophet still drops lyrics that will strike a chord with you on this section of the song.

Whenever an MC spits bars over a soulful beat, my antennas go up.


SONG BY SONG BREAKDOWN

1. PHOENIX (N/A)

2. SLAG EXPANSION (5/5)

3. PROPHET PEACE POEMS 1,2,3 (4/5)

4. TEA LEAVES (4/5)

5. OILS OF CRANIATE (4/5)

6. PROPHET PEACE POEMS 4,5,6 (5/5)

7. BRILLIANCE PROGENITORS (4/5)

8. KAVORKA ONE & TWO (SPLENDOR & YEARN) (4/5)

9. NEST ON WEAK BRANCHES (5/5)

10. LOS YORK, NEW ANGELES (5/5)

11. DEITY DELETION (4/5)

12. FERMENTED GRAINS (4/5)

13. THETA WAVE (4/5)

14. TOXIC FRANTIC ASPIRATIONS (4/5)

15. LIFE BORN PROJECT (4/5)


RGM RATING

(B+)

 

I’m not going to lie, this album went over my f**king head like a halo.

Unconscious Prophet is one of the most interesting rappers that I’ve ever written a review for. The flows that he raps with are complex, the things that he talks about in his music straddle the line between eccentric and relatable, his wordplay is impeccable, and his swagger is on point. With that being said, on Universal Pace, Unconscious Prophet does a fantastic job of letting us into a world that is hazy, bumpy, and touching. He also does a great job of showing the world that it is OK to be bipolar, as, throughout the album, he switches vibes of songs both effortlessly and fearlessly. All in all, Universal Pace is a successful experimental effort.


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