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Bitter Rhythm – Simply Hip-Hop (Album) [Review]

Kelowna, B.C. -Starting out doing open mic nights in 2009, Bitter Rhythm have worked their way up to opening for acts like Swollen Members and D12. Now releasing their debut album, Simply Hip-Hop, the Kelowna based rap duo is attempting to bend the genre of Canadian hip-hop music. The album generally takes on a laid back tone, with a few fun party tracks. They honor the party scene with tracks like the lead single “Last Call”, as well as provide a more chill sound with songs such as the cool “Post Its.” Each song includes samples and sounds from all music genres, from folk to dubstep, leaving the sound of this album truly unique.

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One stand-out track, “Before I’m Old”, catches your attention with the first line. Featuring JustDan, the song is a fun yet blunt bucket list of the groups’ dreams, hopes and random interests. Also noted is the track “Street Art”, which shows an inside look to the art of graffiti and how its done. A favorite beat on the whole album was the intro, which features some amazing scratching and a hit-worthy beat. This would have been a huge track had it been rapped over and included in the album. Being from Kelowna, this album provides a nice sense of the laid-back summer city. It could function as a dope beach or house party anthem for students and young people alike throughout Kelowna. The sound is different, and shows a much more unique sound to west coast music.

Simply Hip-Hop is one of the better new age hip-hop albums around. The beats will keep your head nodding, and the rhymes are fun and interesting. Bitter Rhythm are a duo to watch in the underground scene, so expect to watch their fan base grow drastically with the release of this artsy and interesting album.

Written by Christina Parihar for HipHopCanada

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    Be sure to preview or buy Simply Hip Hop on iTunes at
    Thanks for the review!

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