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Cityreal and Wes Mackey – Good Morning Blues [Album][Review]


Vancouver, BC - For his latest project, Western Canadian Music Award nominated-MC and producer Cityreal has teamed up with blues heavyweight Wes Mackey to bring you Good Morning Blues, which dropped March 31st. The album is, simply put, a beautifully and masterfully crafted hip-hop/blues duet. Cityreal’s confident lyrical style and flow is complimented so well by the bluesman’s deep soulful voice it’s ridiculous. Throw in some smooth guitar lines and rock solid beats and you got an album you can easily set on repeat to just cool out and enjoy.


The influence and love of the blues is celebrated throughout the entire album, providing each lyricist an opportunity to share his thoughts and pains genuinely and authentically as per the trade. The track “Lines” for example, is an honest and somewhat somber glimpse into each artist’s personal story. On “It’s Time” the duo talks about moving on from the past to a brighter future – a reminder that the blues don’t have to be gloomy to be good. Also in the mix are some first-class Canadian features including Madchild of Swollen Members on the hard-lined and upbeat “Hell Hound” and Toronto’s D-Sisive making a smooth contribution to the pick-me-up blues anthem “Angel”.  From the opening title track to the final number, “Play The Blues For You” Cityreal and Wes Mackey just may tune a new generation into the beauty of blues music and remind listeners of the important impact it has had on hip-hop.

The 10-song album is over too soon and has the listener wishing for more, but keep it in your playlist because, hey, everyone gets the blues sometimes. The album is available for “pay what you want”. Be sure to be on the look out for Cityreal’s upcoming solo album Lost in Vancouver.

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Written by Joshua J for HipHopCanada

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