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Matt Brevner – Bushido (Album)[Review]


Vancouver, BC- With the release of his third studio album Bushido, it becomes more and more clear why Matt Brevner has quickly become a high point in Vancouver’s hip-hop scene. Experimenting with sample-based music, this album is without a doubt his best one thus far. Brevner’s own role in helping produce and master this album shows that he’s not just an MC, he’s a multifaceted artist with the skills to share his vision.

Matt Brevner Bushido

After luring in listeners with an unearthly chopped and screwed intro mix, Brevner persuades a girl to come back to him on the first track “What You Need”, which samples Watch the Throne’s “Gotta Have It”. Over the next couple of tracks, she’s all but a memory as he spits about being part of the rap game. He then switches things up with a sampling of Lewis Carroll’s poem “How Doth the Little Crocodile” from Alice in Wonderland on the eerie track “Fishes”. Brevner’s impressive flow is best showcased on “Sinner’s Prayer”, which also samples Metric’s “Artificial Nocturne”. A track later and Brevner appears to lash out at mainstream society’s trend following behavior on “FCKSWG”. The album concludes with a fitting dialogue from “The Last Samurai”.

Bushido is infectious; one can instantly recognize the many tracks that will be put on replay over the next couple of weeks. The sound of the album is at times remeniscient of Ye’s 808 & Heartbreak phase and even Kendrick Lamar or Drake at times, yet Brevner really held his own on this one – props to that.

Written by Shaheena Azmatullah for HipHopCanada

Twitter | @MattBrevner


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Amalia Judith was born in Winnipeg, MB and quickly whisked away to a childhood of travel throughout California, England, Germany and predominantly Pakistan. In 2006 she completed an honor's degree in English Literature, which left her quite jobless and alone in East Van. Amalia cut her teeth at, Canada's darkest counter-culture magazine, moving on to contribute words and flicks to HipHopCanada: she's currently a member of HipHopCanada's West Coast team and has had the privilege to interview hip-hop icons like Lil' Kim, Pusha T, Big Boi, Three Six Mafia, Yelawolf, Pharrell Williams and most of Wu-Tang. Amalia also works as a Key Worker educator and advocate for families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, as well as heading up Team Heartbreak, a media production company that pairs community involvement and artistic movements.

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