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CD REVIEW: Steve Hybicki & A.Tone Da Priest - The Address (EP)

By: Cyrus Rhodes

 

"like a heavyweight fighter"

- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-

 

 

 

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Artist: Steve Hybicki & A.Tone Da Priest
EP: The Address
Label: Farsyde Entertainment
Website:
http://www.myspace.com/atoneamp

Genre: Rap, Hip Hop.
Sounds Like: Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs in Harmony,
ASAP Rocky

Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/ Musicianship Grade: 7/10

Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Sinful, Wild n’ Crazy

Weakness: Winded Songs, EP Release

NOTE: 10 star rating are reserved only for Full Length CD's

 

EP REVIEW:

 

Atlanta based Hip Hop-Rapper-Artist A.Tone Da Priest recently teamed up with Steve Hybicki to release his latest 7 song EP entitled The Address.  (2011 - Farsyde Entertainment). This latest release also features 3 premier rappers (Nina B, Sean Spellx and Zeuz).

The EP kicks things off with “Watch Me” a prelude of sorts that’s set’s the stage rather well for this catalogue of songs with it’s theatrical musical build, apocalyptic groove and striking musical flow. This song leads you head first into my personal favorite ”Sinful”. This track hits hard with no holes barred rap delivery from Priest that’s in your face and doesn’t back down. Track 3 “They Know That” dishes out a melodic yet hypnotic rap groove with well placed harmonies, solid low end vibe against a grand slam of a chorus.. As this EP slowly unfolds I can hear many rap influences reminiscent of classic Cypress Hill, Bone Thugs in Harmony, ASAP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Tyler the Creator, Futur and even Crooked I. 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 A. Tone he is a marquee talent and should be treated as such. The thing I like the most about his vocal performances is how well Priest handles himself within each song. Equally as impressive is his X-Factor as he dabbles in several menacing alter egos within each piece. From infectious “Wild N’ Crazy” to melodic “Can’t Letchu Go” to heartfelt “A Dream” this EP has something for just about everyone. The EP ends with Track 7 : You Party” the perfect finale statement for an EP of this caliber.

All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I also typically deduct one star for EP releases as a full length is a more complete snapshot of what an artists is capable of. The mix is a bit bright for me, however I do understand these types of mixes are designed to maximize radio marketability.

Song for song, pound for pound The Address from Steve Hybicki & A. Tone Da Priest this is a rock solid EP sampler. 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 EP 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 and arsenal of rappers Da Priest brings to the table. I see A.Tone Da Priest as a diamond in the rough or undiscovered talent down in ATL. I look forward to hearing the full length release hopefully this Summer.

Cyrus Rhodes