Artist: The Unspoken HeardTitle: 48 MonthsRating: 4 StarsReviewed by: N. Context
Anything worth having starts with a plan. Our plan was to make music, and to offer a different and honest perspective to the music. The ground work that we chose to lay the foundation of our plan is, in my opinion, quite revolutionary, simply because we chose to pluck our own hands from the deck, while others waited for the deal (pun intended)-Asheru
Asheru and Blue Black of the Unspoken Heard, independently, have quietly been carving a niche for themselves which is beginning to have a resounding affect in the Hip-Hop community. From 1997 to present, they have toured world wide and have worked with a variety of artists from J-Live to Talib Kweli. If you havent heard of the Heard before, this is your second chance to get a first impression. Following up their 2001 debut album Soon Come, 48 Months is an anthology of recordings from 96-2000 for all those cats that didnt catch our stuff prior to Soon Come.
From their first EP release Cosmology to the release of the Jamboree EP, 48 Months embodies The Heards continuing efforts at creating that straight up Hip Hop. Right down the middle. Not too far to the right that we get ignorant. We are not too far to the left that you cant rock our jams in the club. With tracks like Jamboree and The Music they give you anthem resonating songs that can be played anywhere from the clubs to family reunions. Nigga Like Me showcases Blue Black and Asherus emceeing skills with their ability to flip flows and effortlessly pass the mic. On Setting Sun, Blue Black breaks down the unspoken conversation between father and son as the son watches the father die. This is the other perspective to his From Sun up to Sun down; telling the same story but from the Sons view.
Besides featuring The Heards earlier EP released songs, the album contains never before released tracks. SoulJamboree is a funky remix of Jamboree with the horns chopped up and the piano loop shortened with Asheru spitting different verses from his rhyme book. Smiley Soul Dub Version is an up tempo, house instrumental remix which can bump in your car, stereo or headphones. How Ya Living is the extension to Trackrunners where you are privy to Asheru, Grap Luva, J-Live and Sondia freestyling (not prewritten but free spittin) over a hand clap and then beat box.
Without a doubt 48 Months is a solid prequel collection of The Heards work. The songs flow effortlessly into one another exhibiting their varying styles and subject matter. If you are longing for that 90s Hip Hop feel this is where its at. File our records in the, I remember when shit was good this sounds like some early 90s positive he got rhymes he got beats hes mad cool I saw him at SOBs that artwork is ill my girl likes this my mom likes this my pops knows that sample this is funky this is hard I put this on on my way to work I put this on when Im at the gym I could bang this in my mans system stop listening to that b.s this is whats up Hip Hop section