From superheroes to political issues to family strife, Cymarshall Law covers a range of topics and delivers a variety of sounds on his 2007 CD, Hip Hop in the Flesh. This album is not in the tradition of today’s bling-laden, champagne-swilling, over-produced rap albums. ‘Cymar’ puts thought into his lyrics and the diversity of background vocals and instrumentation adds interest throughout. Cymar sings about personal heroes like PelÃ©, Bruce Lee, and Bob Marley in ‘The Great Ones’; respect is given for dedication and mental strength rather than wealth or street smarts.
Articulate and clear, it’s great to have a hip-hop album that can be understood rather than trying to decipher mumbling and repetitive rounds of ‘uh-uh’. Creative lyrics and catchy background beats keep things interesting and fresh. ‘Super Girl’ tells a familiar story about a misfit with super powers — like a comic book set to a back beat, Cymar illustrates with his voice. Another highlight is ‘Addiction’, with this great line: “People drink to drown sorrow, but sorrow can swim.”
Without big name guest vocals this album has a pure feel and rewards fans of true hip-hop, definitely worth a listen.
By Lara Killian