“The fact that slavery did not kill the spirit of the American Negro, but rather that persecution and injustice made him determined to survive the struggles of life, and he achieved greatness thereby, is the secret of success of the American Negro.”
The first thing that should be noted about this album, is that if you are looking for vintage Rakim from the Eric B. days you may not be entirely impressed.
So, it is no surprise that both of these artist come together to do a project. The Undergods EP is the first outing of the lyrical duo, is a record strictly for the heads.
Many who grew up on hip-hop will make the distinction between the music of yesterday and contemporary rap and point to the glaring differences in content, sound and purpose. The issue with many of these assessments is that it is often done in the spirit of lament without a careful look at the scene in its entirety.
In our westernized society, the experience of three full decades of life means that one is expected to have most of it together. The dark side of this measurement by society based on this timetable, is that is unforgiving to those who haven’t met its standards by then.