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 shine our gaze on Charles Luck, an independent hip hop songwriter writing under the alter-ego of Bad Luck, which is part of the collective Black Astronaut. We’ve featured Luck’s music a bevy of times here on the site; Luck has, in more ways than one, redefined what it means to be a ‘prolific’ artist. His latest excursion, ‘Uppercutting Juggernauts,’ is one very much worth taking a listen to.
The last time we featured Luck’s music, it was for a track called ‘Corn Cob,’ which too featured InZane as the personality behind the mic. I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Luck’s music lives or dies on the talent he chooses to execute it. Fortunately, he’s chosen wisely. InZane’s inherently classic delivery is absolutely fantastic. He has a true ‘rock and roll’ sound to his rapping, which is particularly useful on ‘Uppercutting Juggernauts.’
Lyrically, 'Uppercutting Juggernauts' takes a cue from the Kanye West songbook. The song boasts about writing masterpieces, Luck's large member, and makes several allusions to being Christ. Fans of 'I Am A God' will probably find similar lyrical banter at play on this single. There's a playfulness to Luck's style, however, that makes the track absolutely hilarious. He isn't taking himself seriously when comparing his "microphone rants" to the work of a messiah, and that's what's great about 'Uppercutting Juggernauts.'
Like some of Luck’s finest work, this new tune utilizes a very recognizable sample in a very unique way: it’s Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Child.’ At first, I thought the sample was actually of Stevie Ray Vaughan performing the track, but after several listens, I’m more inclined to believe it is indeed Hendrix, perhaps even the ‘Electric Ladyland’ cut. It’s a terrifically creative reimagining of the iconic guitar riff, and InZane’s presence matches it perfectly.
The production work does a fine job combining InZane's bombastic delivery and Hendrix's fiery guitar. Luck does a particularly good job with working recognizable elements into his songs in a very natural way. It's difficult to create a track around a talent like Jimi Hendrix and not have the song either pale in comparison to its sample, or feel forced. 'Voodoo Child' on 'Uppercutting Juggernauts' sounds like it was written for the song. That's a high compliment to sampling done right.
There’s a lot of quick-witted lyricism jam-packed into ‘Uppercutting Juggernauts,’ and it’s one of Luck’s coolest creations. It’s a track of raw intensity and rebellion, something that, of course, Jimi Hendrix was, too. It’s one of Luck’s best tracks, and certainly his strongest in the last month or two of his releases. Give it a spin above and connect with Luck below!