Hip hop will come a long way if artists take the lead from a.k.a. Subliminal. His debut album Trainathought is entrenched with grooves deeper than an ocean oil well, musicianship as solid as the drilling rig, and word play as sharp as the drill bit. And what is he digging for with this self produced, written, and designed album? It is not oil, money, mansions, bling, or any of the other mainstream rap mainstays. He is digging for a deeper influence on hip hop culture.
A hip hop artist, with a degree in architecture, he has laid the blue print for a sub-genre of hip hop called Soul Hop. A style concerned with positive messages, introspection, and sentiments other than dreams of riches.
Trainathought is a ride through the mind of an artist wanting to bring hip hop back to a deeper meaning, and the block party where kids can be present without their parents covering their ears. It is meant for all ages, but definitely adult friendly.
Standout tracks on the 17 track Trainathought include Beautiful to Find (featuring Lisa Banton), Change the World (featuring Al St. Louis, and Ania), Make Up Your Mind (featuring Karen Jules), and Crazy (featuring Dre Marone.)
Reviewed by Jef Kearns
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