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 evening’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Wizdom Mriminthere, a born and raised New Jersey hip hop artist who self-produces and releases his endeavors through his own indie label, Pretty Dirtball Records. The artist has a new single out ahead of his upcoming album, ‘RaDiCal Minds.’ The track, ‘Savages,’ is a well-produced jaunt through Wizdom Mriminthere’s flair within the genre featuring a fiery performance from guest artist Julian Damone.
First and foremost, the production of ‘Savages’ is impressively solid for an indie hip hop artist building his early repertoire. The studio work is slick and suavely executed, but avoids sounding sterile or too “over-produced.” In particular, ‘Savages’ has hints of world influence, perhaps even African or Rastafarian vibes in varying capacities. It’s certainly a contemporary hip hop track that has an inherent pop sensibility to it; the production will capture your attention notably better than the majority of indie hip hop artists.’
Lyrically, ‘Savages’ is firm enough to stand on its own two feet as a creative endeavor worth listening to, but the songwriting is the weakest of the links in the song’s chain. ‘Savages’ is a song you’ve heard a thousand times before: the rough life of growing up and hanging out with friends and forming an identity on the streets. That’s certainly not worth discounting - arguably some of the best albums of the last several years embody similar themes. (‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ comes to mind.) ‘Savages’ doesn’t bring itself around to any new revelations, however, making it feel somewhat “generic.”
The performances on behalf of Wizdom Mriminthere and Julian Damone are both excellent. They’re in fine form and both of them exhibit they have potential to bring captivating talent into their niche. This is aided by the superb production and hindered by the sometimes lacking lyricism. Thus, more emphasis on creative individuality with the latter element may make Wizdom Mriminthere and Julian Damone talents even more worth recognizing.
It’s still a very solid single worth a spin, and it’s indicative of ‘RaDiCal Minds’ being an album that’ll be very likely worth a listen. Connect with Wizdom Mriminthere below.
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