Shai Mate – Take Control [Review]
Vancouver, B.C – Local Vancouver hip-hop artist, Shai Mate released his most recent album, Take Control, on April 29th. The young, talented artist knocked this one out of the park. Not only is Shai Mate lyrically talented but he also gained a load of production and engineering skills while attending Nimbus School of Recording arts. His time at this school allowed him to be heavily involved with the mixing and post production of his album. Take Control really does show how much time and effort was put into it. Shai Mate had the chance to work with some talented producers while creating his 11-song LP. Such producers include Dj Kemo, Garth Richardson, Chin Injeti, and Rob the Viking from Swollen Members. Brock Macfarlane, of CPS Mastering, was the man who mastered the entire album. Shai Mate’s message to his listeners is too push through the obstacles that stand in front of you and take the world head on.
Take Control has this flow and unique sound that is undeniable. Shai Mate has this natural aurora that makes it so simple to connect to his fans. His positive and upbeat sound combined with the ability to be able to come up with such powerful lyrics has become a force to be reckoned with. Shai Mate found the perfect people to be a part of his album. Female vocalists Tonye Aganaba and Amy McCartie are perfect matches for the tracks that they are featured on. Another featured artist that is sure to impress on this album is Djax. “City On My Back,” produced by AstroLogical, features back and forth transitions between the two rappers as if they were talking to each other.
Another promising favorite on the album is “Exponential Growth,” produced by the talented Chin Injeti. The track features a smooth chorus sung by the talented Evil Ebenezer. “Take Control” is the final track on the album and it was the perfect song for the finale. The song is very uplifting and continues to build the entire time making the outro very powerful.
Overall, Take Control is a very well done album with excellent production value. It only takes one listen of the album to hear the hard work and effort that went into it. Shai Mate had a goal when he started at Nimbus and that was to create a full length LP with original production. He has only done that and much more. Take Control has this flow that carries through the entire album, which allows Shai Mate to tell his story without losing the listener for a second.
Written by Brett McNamee for HipHopCanada