SINGLE REVIEW: C.E.D. a/k/a Cash Every Denominator - Ingredients of Life
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"a marquee talent from New York"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: C.E.D. (Cash Every Denominator)
Single: The Ingredients of Life (feat. Hassan Farrow)
Label: Kaos Records
Genre: Urban, Rap, Hip Hop, Soul
Sounds Like: Biggie Smalls, Jay Z, Big L and even Crooked I
New York based Rapper CED a/k/a Cash Every Denominator just released his latest single entitled The Ingredients of Life feat. Hassan Farrow. This latest release is from his forthcoming EP entitled Hustlerís Haven (Kaos Records). CED is making quite a name for himself regionally collaborating with the likes of Roc-A-Fella Records, Def Jam Records and Universal Records, MCA Records and Tommy Boy Records. The EP will be available through Tunecore n July 25th, 2012. Until then, listen for the singles to heat up the airwaves across North America. For more information about C.E.D. please visit www.kaosrecordsllc.com.
The single gently takes off with hooky Jazz piano against a thick as a brick rhythm section. The bass driven melody and methodical vocal build from C.E.D. are to die for. Right from the start the performance and songwriting skills of C.E.D. are never called into question. The transition from smooth intro, first verse, first chorus split is shall I say flawless. As this song slowly unfolds I can hear many rap influences reminiscent of classic Biggie Smalls, Jay Z, Big L and even Crooked I. But despite this C.E.D. has a musical signature that is hard to pigeonhole. The single itself is an impressive blend of Dance Pop, Hip Hop, Rap and even a dash of Soul and R&B. What I like the most about this single is its overall marketability as it touches many musical generaís without trying to hard to do so. The production touches and sampling is clearly above the bar and the melody and message are a masterful combination. The vocal reinforcements and harmonies mix up the single quite well. You will also notice impressive sampling, well placed sonic touches against a hooky vocal front. Now turning our attention over to C.E.D. - let me go on record and say he delivers the goods (visuals and vocals) and holds nothing back as an entertainer - performer. The lyrical content has all the urban swagger you would expect from a single of this caliber, and the X-Factor of C.E.D. is off the charts. The actual songwriting is brilliant and provides a lot of musical variety and perspective. All in all it's a short but sweet musical teaser.
Overall this latest single from C.E.D. is consistent, melodic and highly entertaining. From start to finish it's an impressive snapshot of music At the end of the day it packs a powerful punch. C.E.D. has potential to touch a huge fanbase with this single. It has an attitude, lyrics that make the case, and a melody that sticks with you long after the single runs its course. I have to admit this single sucked me in like a powerful drug and refused to let me go. The production strokes are effective, the songwriting brilliant and the rap persona from C.E.D. will suck you in as well. Tthis single will catch fire this Summer and bring C.E.D. well deserved attention in 2012 for.
C.E.D. has proven himself with this latest piece no doubt, and is clearly set up for success as a hot new marquee talent from New York.