Friends with the Help – Confidence (Album) [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Vancity’s hip-hop trio Friends With The Help do their part to wake the city from a long winter slumber with the drop of their debut album Confidence. The ever-so-smooth Northwest-coast production of DJ K-Rec sets the stage for an authentic sharing of the thoughts, feelings and stories of MCs Low Lux and Young Nige.
Confidence begins with an upbeat East Van playfulness and ends on a more solemn reflection. What happens in between is a hip-hop journey exploring love, artistic and personal growth and dreams for the future. K-Rec is, as the track verifies, “A DJ You Will Like” and he not only creates the bars but adds his own voice to the rhymes of the “street psychotherapist Lux and his disgraced half brother Nige,” with a range of vocal samples, cuts and scratches throughout the album. The pooling of each individual member’s unique style and skills creates a depth and sincerity to each track which always makes for a good listen.
A pre-Drizzy Degrassi Zit Remedy breakdown in “I Got A New Friend” – amongst a plethora of VanCity lyrical references – leaves no doubt that FWTH are proud to be actively adding to Canadian hip-hop, despite dreams of escaping the Canadian winters for the California sun as voiced in “Hollywood Lux”. From the cold bangin sound in “Come Through” to the heartfelt confessions in “Confidence” or super smooth letters home in “Mama,” FWTH are able to create a feel good vibe throughout the album, making it well worth the listen. Check it out.
Written by Joshua J for HipHopCanada
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