Detroit MCs E-fave (Emile Manette), Ilajide (Kortez Marion), J-Roc (Jarred Douglas), and L.A.Z. (Jarrel Lowman) formed Clear Soul Forces in the wake of a spur-of-the-moment studio meeting with Motor City rap veteran Royce da 5’9″.
The four cerebral, quick-witted Detroit emcees are worthy contenders in their own lyrical fighting game. Each possesses his own moves, his own style, his own timbre and his own linguistic flourishes. They trade knockout rhymes and swift punch lines with each other, endeavouring to outshine everyone else on the track.
CSF’s rhymers are already renowned for their capacities to rattle off effortless streams of scintillating verse. The delightful, easy interplay (reminiscent of Method and Red, two of their heroes) which catapulted Clear Soul Forces towards the mainstream consciousness is equally present here, highlighted especially on the Tribe-referencing “Beats, Rhymes & Life”. But beneath the Detroit rappers’ rapid-fire deliveries are a wealth of surprising, MF Doom-like allusions and Eminem-sharp barbs. Gold PP7s is rife with focused, provocative attacks on commercial rap, and as such, it achieves a greater level of cohesion than its immediate predecessor.
When: Sunday 17th May, 2015. 8pm (standing)
Where: Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Cornwall
Tickets: £13 available from the Pavilion box office on 01326 211222, online at SeeTickets.com, or via the Cornish Riviera Box Office (CRBO).