Out Da Gate – Blac Lou Caine (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

By the time the intro track has finished, the scene is set for Out Da Gate, painting a backdrop of the dangers of the street corners, the hustle and hassle of the day to day of life in the hood and of the urban warfare which goes with it.

From there, Blac Lou Caine blends today’s cutting edge trap and rap sounds with established hip-hop traditions. The lyrics fire off in deft salvos of words and warnings, cut through with counter-attack harmonies and other vocal infusions. Futuristic electronic and skittering percussion build a bridge between the beats and the top-end vocals but throughout it is Caine’s words that are the focal point.

Hard-edged narratives of life on the streets, rap salvos and vocal operas playing out in the shadows of the alleyways, stream of consciousness poetry telling it like it is.

If you want an album that speaks of the extremes of where society is today but which does so in a language all of its own, like a real-life street theatre reporting on the events of people’s lives, as they happen, then Out Da Gate has everything that you need.

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