Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be taking a look at two singles from the up and coming hip-hop and rap artist, Lou Siffa. He’s under the umbrella of AWFE Entertainment, an entertainment company that helps unsigned artists increase their exposure. ‘Lou Siffa is making his way through the muck of the rap game by sticking to the script,’ his bio describes. Let’s tackle the first of his two singles, ‘Lou Siffa’s Ball.’
Right off the bat, there’s something incredibly different about Siffa’s sound. He’s got a deep baritone voice that rhythmically jumps from verse to verse with immense tact. He’s a remarkably talented wordsmith and performer. Often independent rappers struggle with delivery and production; that’s not the case here at all. Siffa has it down to a science and his sound is excellent.
That brings me to the most important element of ‘Lou Siffa’s Ball.” His production is insanely good. Again, independent rap tends to be plagued with poor production and pre-programmed drum beats straight out of Garageband. Lou Siffa’s production is some of the most elaborate, well-conceived, intelligent rap instrumentation I’ve heard this year. The superb production on ‘Lou Siffa’s Ball’ could stand on its own against industry-grade content. (The song is also infectiously catchy.)
Let’s hop into ‘Zombie,’ the second single from Lou Siffa. Lyrically, the song dabbles in some darker subject matter. ‘I read the book of the dead; now I’m a fan for live,’ Siffa explains early into the track. I dig this, though. The dark, occult imagery is something that isn’t too prevalent in rap and it’s obvious that Siffa is having a lot of fun with it. The production of the song doesn’t quite blow me out of the park like ‘Lou Siffa’s Ball’ did, but it’s still a very solid track.
Lou Siffa’s got something going that’s quite special. In particular, ‘Lou Siffa’s Ball’ is a fantastic track. Keep tabs on this guy... he’s going places. Follow him on his new website below.