Lesk One – STOIC [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Lesk One's STOIC pulls the listener in with a haunting vibe: dark beats and a tight, effortless flow describe urban decay and daily life in the hood. The album continues along those lines, slowly progressing to a sound that goes beyond the cliche stereotypes of the average street MC. Lesk One has something to say, and just as importantly he has fun saying it. Sure, there are the typical references heard in many of today's club bangers but Lesk's sharp wit and playful style offer a refreshing take on mainstream rap.
Songs such as “Hennesey And Ice” and “Money Sex Drugz” appear as facsimiles of any other G'd up club rapper, but the difference is in the clever punchlines and smooth delivery, which create an undeniable appeal. Lesk seems to be fully at home in the booth, as confident as he is at ease: as the album progresses so does the lyricist's depth. By the time “Ya Almost Fresh” and “Rock And A Hard Place” appear mid-album, the dark but original synth beats have evolved into smooth keyboard headbobbers. Lesk shows a similar growth by diversifying his content and exercising insight on the exact instrumentals that call for it. The variety of beats that score this album's journey are made the sweeter for having been made by some of Canada's best up-and-coming producers: D-Rec and The Metronome Click to name a few.
STOIC is an impressive effort, and with this release Lesk has raised the bar and can only promise to bring more of his signature sound of real hip hop. Lesk One proves once again that he's got his craft on lock and that we've only begun to hear from this artist who's carving out a name for himself.
For more information on Lesk One check out http://www.myspace.com/lesk1.
Written by Jesse Furnell for HipHopCanada
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