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 morning’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on TheVoice, an independent hip hop and neo soul performer hailing from Denver, Colorado. Her latest studio endeavor, a three song EP entitled ‘WorldWide,’ recently debuted and is available on all major digital music platforms. Is the short collection worth delving into? Or does TheVoice fall victim to the predictable tropes the vast majority of her indie hip hop counterparts do? Let’s explore her new tracks to find out.
‘Just Stop By,’ the opening track on ‘WorldWide,’ is perhaps the album’s most obvious showcase of why TheVoice differentiates herself from the noise of her genre in such a unique way. She isn’t just a hip hop artist. The soul influence is abundantly apparent, and ‘Just Stop By’ is an especially suave single that provides TheVoice a platform to exhibit her prowess as a soulful vocalist, too. There are very few hip hop artists with a lovely singing voice. TheVoice is one of them.
Lyrically, ‘Just Stop By’ is very well penned, too. It’s an anthem of self-love and independence wrapped in a love ballad. This is a unique twist, because TheVoice isn’t just gushing over a romantic interest. She’s also making a stance about her own strength and individuality. This sets the tone of the EP as well. ‘WorldWide,’ the second and titular track, is an especially articulate commentary on the dire social and politic of the world that doesn’t take shots across the bow at a specific party or individual. It’s a compassionate song… there aren’t enough of those nowadays, making it most welcome.
The final track, ‘Hater Syndrome,’ lasers in on a culture inundated with judgement and hostility. TheVoice goes as far to argue that hatred is a sickness of sorts, one that’s best remedied through positive discourse and collaboration. The slick production suits TheVoice well, too. She doesn’t just avoid the lyrical potholes many artists drive straight into in the hip hop community. She also avoids the lackluster, Garageband preset beat style I get across my desk on a daily basis.
Give ‘WorldWide’ a spin. It’s a superb indie hip hop record with a fantastic message that’s remarkably well performed and produced.