My friend, Bobby Poschmann, sent me a link not too long ago that said, “Tim, here is this hip hop album I did.” It was an unexpected, delightful thing to find in my Facebook messages inbox. It features a number of piano tracks, cut and pasted into new arrangements for the lyrics to flow upon. The second track, “Past Present Future,” works a string into that mechanic, which makes a melody very fit for this cold autumn. A number of the songs, including the opening track, “Burton Drive,” among others, sneak very good bits of jazz that rise to the surface, now and then.
I’m hardly an authority on the subject of hip hop, having only consumed the inescapable works of that genre (for example: Kanye West), a number of the albums found on Stones Throw Records, and the things created by my friends (who all love and are inspired by Stones Throw Records – myself included). That being acknowledged, I know when I enjoy something, no matter how little I might actually understand of it, and I can confidently say that I enjoy this album: Wilson Fisk Presents: The Search For Dr Bobby Banner MPC.
As per usual, I’ve attached the Bandcamp player in this post, where the curious may listen to and download the album.