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CD REVIEW: Goliath Paw - Canary In A Coal Mine (EP)

by: Cyrus Rhodes


"Goliath Paw drops it hard!"





Artist: Goliath Paw

CD: Canary In A Coal Mine (EP)

Label: Independent Artist

Website: http://goliathpaw.ca/

Genre: Rap, Hip Hop, Dance Pop

Sounds Like: Eminem, D12, Bad Meets Evil, 50 Cent, Hopsin

Technical Grade: 7/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Nine to 5, Rain, Drop it

Weakness: More technical and melodic singing, a few more HARD RAP songs, EP release   


Canary In A Coal Mine (EP) is a collection of songs written and recorded by Canadian urban artist Goliath PAW.  Each song promises a story for the listener to follow delivered alongside clever wordplay and a sense of humor. All songs are upbeat with the exception of "GetAway" a slower tune with a deep thought-provoking story.  In his own words "By naming the EP "Canary In A Coal Mine" I am sending out a warning to the Hiphop world that I have come to change the way rap music is written, recorded, and heard!" - Goliath PAW  

The CD kicks things off with finger snapping “Higher” a prelude of sorts that’s set’s the stage rather with its methodical musical build, feel good groove, impressive rhymes light speed rap delivery meshed with striking musical flow. Track 2 ”Rain” hits hard with no holes barred rap-vocal delivery from Goliath Paw that dishes out a melodic yet hypnotic rap groove with well placed harmonies, solid low end vibe against a grand slam chorus. Track 3 “Nine to 5” gets in your face and doesn’t back down with infectious rap flow and impressive sonic accents. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many rap influences reminiscent of classic Eminem, D12, Bad Meets Evil, 50 Cent, Hopsin and even Dr. Dre to Obie Trice. Along the way you can’t help but notice a lot of impressive musical soundscapes layered in the music. The mixing is effective and very marketable packed to the hilt with things like impressive sound effects, well placed keyboard and synthesizer accents, percussive elements, and top tiered sampling and beats that make their point.  The beats are thick as a brick providing solid low end punch and impressive high end clarity. You will find everything from clever rhymes, addictive melodies, lyrics that are thought provoking and rap flows that are masterful. Now turning out attention to Goliath Paw he is a marquee talent from Canada and should be treated as such. He's got a very good look and sound. The thing I like the most about his vocal performances is how well he handles himself within each song - sort of like a musical chameleon. Equally as impressive is his X-Factor as he dabbles in several menacing alter egos within each piece. From my personal favorite “Nine to 5” to heartfelt “GetAway” to rocking “Weirdos Win” to think as a brick “Drop it” to invigorating “Buried Alive” this CD has something for lust about everyone. The EP ends with Track 8 “Numba 1” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Goliath Paw needs to showcase more melodic singing abilities and talent when the time is right on some of his songs. Come-on let’s hear those pipes bro! I also with there we’re 3 or 4 more really hard pieces on the CD – you know REALLY HARD! I Also typically deduct 1 star for EP releases. the full length release is the best and most complete snapshot to judge an artists by at any given point in time. .

Song for song, pound for pound Canary In A Coal Mine (EP) by Goliath Paw is a rock solid musical teaser and proves Canada can rap like nobody's business.  Like a heavy weight fighter this EP goes the full 12 rounds and never lets its guard down. It has everything from raw intensify, clever lyrics, to songs that are well crafted that hold your attention span perfectly. As a whole this CD possesses allot of variety and musical versatility. It delivers the typical in your face urban swagger you would expect from a top flight rap release but what's more impressive is the strong production value, infectious rap grooves he brings to the table. I look forward to hearing more from him as his career takes of hopefully this Summer!

Cyrus Rhodes