Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Reviews:: The Rawluck Movement

The Rawluck Movement's new album poses a bit of a dilemma for me. Formed by 5 Toronto MC's to honour of their friend Donnie Rawluck, the group intends to give all the proceeds from the album to Rawluck's son Kadin. Donnie Rawluck was killed in 2005, and the guys hope to raise $10,000, which will be placed in an education fund for his son.

Being a new father of a 10 month old son, I cannot approach this album either rationally or objectively. I would be lying if I told you I loved this album, but I also cannot say anything negative about the album without feeling like I might be taking money from a little boy who has a long road ahead of him. So I won't.

Drex Inkredible, Remey, Tommy (The Grim Preacher), Audi and Gavin Sheppard (Gavatista) are the 5 MC's the comprise The Rawluck Movement. They hail from Toronto's tough Lakeshore area, so when you factor in the tough neighborhood they're reppin', and the circumstances surrounding the group's creation, you shouldn't be expecting an album full of happy club tracks. What you get is an album of understandably somber songs that reflect the gritty backgrounds of the group members.

Songs like Time and Rip 'Em Apart have the kind of anthemic choruses that could stick with people. Eyes Of A Stranger samples the Payolas song of the same name to good effect, so I can cross that one off my "Can-Rock songs I want to hear sampled in a hip hop song" list. The hardest working man in the indie rap biz, Planet Asia, makes a guest appearance on Suspended In Time.

I don't think there's any need for me to go into much more detail on this album. The bottom line here is if you want to hear some decent hardcore Canadian hip hop, you should pick up a copy of this album. You get some hip hop, and you put some money into Kadin Rawluck's education fund.

mp3:: Eyes Of A Stranger

Check out the video for Time:

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Posted at 11:03 PM by naedoo :: 2 comments

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At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

It's about time some young men break the stereotype. Good on them for working hard to rep a friend, take care of a boy, and never break a promise. I hope you all blow up huge. Never forget where you come from, why you've come together and who it is that brought you together. Much love. Much respect. Undying appreciation.

~Kristy Rawluck


At 2:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous did sayeth:

Eyes of a stranger is so perfectly composed. great song. wish to hear more from you.


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