Thinkin’ Deep and Movinâ€™ Necks
Doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t it feel like hip hopâ€šÃ„Ã´s lost something in recent years? That the genre and culture have become more novelty than ingenuity? Rappers are producing lackluster material, acting like 4-year-olds, even pushing cell phones. Sure, there have been many incredible releases by a number of gifted artists, but those with any real exposure and success are the songs and rappers that, without a catchy hook or over-the-top personality, would surely sink for their lack of substance. This is why itâ€šÃ„Ã´s so refreshing when an act comes along that challenges the status quo while moving your body. Necks Move is the debut album from Deep Thinkers. Named after the biblical herald, vocalist Brother of Moses comprises one half of this Kansas City duo. On production and behind the tables is Kyle Dykes, aka Leonard D. Story. Trading in cookie-cutter melodies and hollow lyrics for intricate musicianship and poignant libretto, Deep Thinkers tackle heavy subject matter atop cut up beats, impeccably placed samples, and aesthetically pleasing compositions. â€šÃ„ÃºSlideshowâ€šÃ„Ã¹ pays homage to b-boys and â€šÃ„Ãºthe undergroundâ€šÃ„Ã¹ amidst fierce scratching and a loop reminiscent of DJ Shadowâ€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„ÃºOrgan Donor.â€šÃ„Ã¹ â€šÃ„ÃºKiss the Skyâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is a genre-crossing masterpiece incorporating stuttered raps embedded in Flamenco-sounding guitar plucks, and buttered over an eccentric jungle beat. On NM, old school breaks, drum nâ€šÃ„Ã´ bass, and the art of turntableism caress an aura of social consciousness.
On â€šÃ„ÃºRock the Beat,â€šÃ„Ã¹ Deep Thinkers opt for credibility over becoming celebrities boldly exclaiming, â€šÃ„ÃºF**k Vibe, f**k Source, f**k XXL / All those pretty fashion magazines are stupid as hell.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Donâ€šÃ„Ã´t expect DT to become pop icons anytime soon. They wouldnâ€šÃ„Ã´t want it any other way.