“Maple St. Sessions” review @ ThaHipHop.com

thanks to kim (a.k.a. coach kim) on the review
Preach Jacobs & Denz – Maple St. Sessions by Kim Nunley
If you’ve ever gone online to read hip-hop reviews or journalistic articles, then you’ve probably come across Preach Jacobs’ work. The guy is everywhere. He’s a full-time artist, involved in multiple aspects of the hip-hop world, from journalistic efforts to his own musical pursuits. When you find yourself presented with Preach’s work, you know it’s coming from a guy who loves and lives hip-hop.

His recent EP release, Maple St. Sessions is a humble celebration of the art and a call for his fellow artists to return to creating pure hip-hop. On “Forest Whitaker,” Preach points out that currently in hip-hop, “Hustling is a skill that’s admired now, not to write a verse to inspire.” He calls out the present trend of hip-hop artists to tout their wealth, while their fans looking for inspiration are losing their jobs and struggling to pay bills, and claims it results in disconnect between fans and artists.

Now if you’re worried the album’s simply going to be another collection of whiny tracks on which an underground artists complains about the state of commercial hip-hop, don’t be. Preach makes his statements, but then backs them up by leading by example, offering a variety of distinct songs; from a lighthearted club track to inspiring and more poetic contributions.

Immediately after his dissenting “Interlude”, he goes right into “Falling,” on which he divulges his honest stresses, insecurities, and fears… a song that anybody who’s trying to find their way can relate to. On it, he assures and reminds his listeners that despite the difficult times, “you learn to fly while you’re falling.”

It’s almost like Preach thought ahead about possibly turning listeners off with his statements, because he begins the album with “Oh Yes,” a fun and playful track that puts us into Preach’s head to hear his brutally honest thoughts about his attraction to and desires of a woman at the club.

Preach has been working at his craft for a while and it shows. There’s not an overload of witty wordplay because Preach instead focuses on simply presenting himself; his own thoughts using his own flow. As a result, Maple St. Sessions is an honest and quality effort that will more than likely find its way back into your playlist when you’re tired of whimsical metaphors that fail to hold any discernment.

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