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Conscious Rap as portrayed by Black Vulcanite

Mon, 17 February 2014 01:30
by Charmaine Ngatjiheue


Black Vulcanite is the local trio (Mark, AliThatdude and Okin) best associated with conscious rap and its new album, ‘Remember The Future’, explains this conclusion.
In a country whose music genres, especially hip-hop, are so watered down, this album speaks about the real societal ills at an intellectual level; very informative and poetic.
The group’s 15-tracked album oozes of conscious, skilful wordplay that engages the listener on interesting, well-researched subject matters.
The introductory track, ‘Black Narcissism’, is some form of intelligent rap lyricism that opens up one’s mind.
‘I Hope They Write’ follows. This track has the group expressing hope for recognition, some day, when they no longer exist. In ‘I Hope They Write’, the trio also questions its true identity with lyrics like; ‘...I hope they write that I was righteous, I hope they write that the kid was writing with arthritis. At night with a bleeding pen, with a power that makes soldiers from civilians, so am I really him?’
Track 4, ‘Visions’ featuring Sandra Amarie and Tanya Dirango, speaks about social issues ordinary people face that our leaders do nothing to help. ‘Visions’ finishes with a poem.
 ‘Lady In The Blue Dress’, track 8, is a poem and combined with track 9, ‘Nostalgia’, the rappers speak nonchalantly about a lady who fails to acknowledge their existence. If this track was meant to be a heartfelt piece, it miserably failed to reach its objective for sheer lack of the required emotions that should have accompanied it.
Track 13, ‘Let It Be’ featuring Rafael and Quido is a lot closer to home. It sounds like a slower version of Damara punch, merged with rap.
‘Time Goes By’, track 14, featuring Yuppie DaRapper, expresses romantic feelings towards a certain girl and Yuppie adds peculiarity to the track by rapping in German.
My personal favourite, ‘Semper Fidelis’, which means “always faithful” or “always loyal” concludes the album. It sings about how God is always faithful, even when we do not feel His presence around us.
Maloon TheBoom, DoorTwo Productions, Turntable Kings and Rude World Records made this album possible.
Rating: 9/10
Best Tracks: ‘Visions’, ‘I Hope They Write’, ‘Black Narcissism’, ‘Nostalgia’, ‘Fallen Suhn’, ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Semper Fidelis’.