I’m not really a rap music fan. There, I’ve said it. Try as I might, it’s just not my style. And then, you might be wondering, what am I doing reviewing one of the hottest rap albums of the moment?
Well, boyz and girlz, I may have just found sometihng to change my mind. I hit upon the album “Marz on Earth” almost by accident, while messing around in my Spotify. This track, called “Application” started playing and I moved to skip it, thinking “oh, it’s just another rap song”.
But then something stopped me. The track is soulful and gentle, tells the stories of a lifea, and of hardships. Of wanting to do right by your family, and worrying about them. It’s a beautiful tune that is not overly sensitive. Somehow, TheRealKingMarz manages to create the perfect blend of sensitivity, soul and hard edge. It’s a painfully good song, that you can’t help but listen to over and again.
The only thing that makes you want to stop listening, really, is that you also want to check out the rest of the album, which, as you might expect, doesn’t fall short either. The song “What it looks like” is a short and to the point piece, that makes you feel dizzy. Although it’s impossible to say what a song is about, to me, “What it looks like” feels like being lost. Once again, it’s a track about struggle. And anyone can relate to that, right?
“Drive Thru” adds the album a little more of that harder edge, hitting you with some of that rough attitude rappers are so famous for. “Shade” is an interestingly sensible song, with a hidden sword. When you listen to the lyrics, you’re first surprised by the colorfulness of the lyrics, but then impressed by the profundity of it. A song about never doing it right, and always feeling like you’re running.
In an interesting, delightful way, “Marz on Earth” seems to capture the hectic nature of our planet. TheRealKingMarz has really outdone himself on this one.