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“Ritualize” Lush Life

February 25, 2016

 

ELLIE MOSLANDER 

Western Vinyl Records

Western Vinyl Records

Editor-in-Chief | emo012@latech.edu

 

With the Philadelphia rapper Lushlife’s third album “Ritualize,” he has branched out from solely self-produced work and it shows.

 

It’s obvious he was trying to experiment with a lot of new elements and collaborations, but it’s hard to tell if he executed it well or not.

 

Some songs are pretty catchy, but others are also pretty forgettable and nothing really unique stands out about them.

 

Lushlife included many other artists in this album such as Killer Mike, Ariel Pink and RJD2.

 

Songs like “Hong Kong (Lady of Love)” has a heavier, overall catchier beat while included an ‘80s jazz feel towards the end.

 

“Toynbee Suite” is one of the album’s better songs, as it is over seven minutes of combined musical elements working very well together.

 

This song also features the most outside artists in one song, with RJD2, Yikes the Zero and Nightlands.

 

The song also has a meaning of desiring to make the world different, while opposing various authority and media figures.

 

It shows Lushlife’s discontentment with the media and how things are being handled in today’s society as one-line chants: “Murder every journalist. They won’t hear a word of it. Tell ‘em what I could see in the asphalt. They heard of it. Why David Mamet don’t lie. You deserving it, spitting truth in the cracks of the asphalt, they heard of it.”

 

Basically he believes everything we believe is a lie because society is corrupt.

 

“Ritualize” is a collaboration between different artists, fulfilling the rappers vision for a collective work of art while also preaching a message about modern society and the role a person plays in it.

 

An intermission song, “Undress Me in the Temple,” shows how Lushlife is not afraid.

 

He pushes the line when making a statement and realizations he has had about life, religion and society as a whole simply by the title.

 

Songs like “Strawberry Mansion,” a collaborative work Lushlife produced with Freeway, simply serve as filler music, but luckily the album only has a few songs like these.

 

Overall, Lushlife did a decent job with this album, even though he is moving away from his usual self-produced work

 

It seems like he had a really great vision for this album and at times it was executed really well, but ultimately it could have been a lot stronger.

 

Even with all of the collaboration work, it was mediocre.

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