MIX TAPE REVIEW: Swift Tongues - “The Last MC Mix Tape"
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"It's a TKO!"
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Label: Erco Scavenger Entertainment
Genre: Rap, Hop Hop
Sounds Like: Biggie Smalls, Scarface, Tupac, Ice Cube
Technical Grade: 7/10
Mix is inconsistent, a bit all over the place.
Seattle’s own Swift Tongues releases their brand new mix tape entitled “The Last MC” in 2010. The project is fronted by rapper Swift Tongues. Currently ST is working on multiple projects, his mix tape “Mr. Styles”, My Way” & album entitled “My Final Hour."
The Mix Tape takes flight with “The Last MC” an upbeat intro piece that’s serves up driving low end groove, against well placed harmonies & infectious rap flow from J “Swift Tongues” Mitchell. Track 2 “B” shifts gears a bit with methodical rap delivery against Dido piece “Best Day of My Life” J Mitchell makes this song work well striking the perfect balance between intensity & passion. Track 3 “Cool Summer” has a nice melodic vibe to it, with yet another amazing chorus, complete with well placed vocal effects, & harmonies that sit well within the pocket. The CD makes a good first impression, & let’s you know right from the start what the motivation is: to raise the bar within the context of the genera, expressing some disappointment with the status quo of both the music industry & life itself. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic rap & Hip Hop. Swift Tongues delivers rap flow reminiscent of Biggie Smalls, Scarface, Tupac, Ice Cube, & even a splash of Jay Z. This mixing is compelling & full of musical variety with exotic keyboard & synthesizer accents, with homey coated female vocal layering along the way. The beats are rock solid providing solid low end groove support, & effective hi end touches. The CD has many musical flavors, from hip hop, rap, jazz, blues, R&B, & even rock. You will find everything from clever rhymes, addictive melodies, lyrics that are thought provoking, & rap flows that are clever & masterful. The thing I like the most about the rap performances themselves is they never once try to hard, or come across as being over the top. Swift Tongues also lives up to his name delivering rap at high speeds. From upbeat grooves “Seattle Lights” & “I Really Mean It” & The Cure” to flowing rap jams “How do we Shine”, Can you handle it” to passionate slow grooves “Prostitute” & this CD presents a packed to the hilt with a lot of musical diversity. There are some dark & apocalyptic rap grooves on the Mix Tape as well like “Haters Hate”, “Stop Tellin” Everything that Glitters” Some rap flows packed with sheer-raw rap intensity like “Gotta Hustle” “I Be Turning Heads”, “S-W-I-F-T” & My Chain”.. The CD ends with a bonus version of Track 8 “Stop Tellin.” At the end of the day this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone
The overall mix of this Mix Tape is not what I would call legendary. Overall it's a bit inconsistent. Some songs ring out as clear as a bell, with crystal clear clarity, solid low end grooves & effective high end touches. Other pieces – well don’t sound as professional. This Mix Tape/CD has all the trademarks of a "basement garage-band" or a dated late eighties & early ninety mix job. It takes skill, money, & engineering savvy to record, mix, & master a musical production to industry standards these days. The impact this will have on it's overall marketability cannot be overstated. If this was 1990 this would be a cutting edge musical production, unfortunately it's 2010, so the bar is set really high for independent artists like Swift Tongues. However I will add that because the songs themselves are so well crafted, & the song for song flow is so strong this issue is virtually goes un-noticeable to the common listener. Tracks 10,11,16,18 are a bit short & feel like inconsistent statements .
Song for song, pound for pound The Last MC Mix Tape is an impressive musical production. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD-Mix Tape goes the full 12 rounds, & never once lets its guard down. It has everything from raw intensify, clever lyrics, to songs that are well crafted that will hold your attention span perfectly. As a whole this CD possesses allot of variety, and versatility. It delivers the typical in your face urban swagger you would expect from a rap CD, and cannot be faked no matter how hard you try. The strong suit is it's wide range of musical versatility, &the arsenal of musical flavors Swift Tongues brings to the table. With over 70+ minutes of music it's fully loaded. The female ear candy is delicious; the rap flow from Swift Tongues is first rate. Swift Tongues clearly delivers everything you would expect from a top notch mix tape, with each song possessing its own distinct personality, individuality, & wide amount of musical diversity. It's a TKO!
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