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The Green Seed Revive Conscious Hip-Hop on ‘Drapetomania’

They don't pop molly, they rock Jude Law

By: Isabel Imperatore // July 11, 2014

The Green Seed plant a new D.A.I.S.Y. age on their refreshing, socially conscious debut effort Drapetomania. The emcees R-Tist and C.O.M.P.L.E.T. take turns delivering penetrating lines (and rhymes about Jude Law) while DJs FX and Jeff-C provide rich supporting textures and quaking beats. With an emphasis on boom-bap breaks and sampled soul, the group’s aesthetic and work ethic (“We show skills with no frills”) pay tribute to classic backback rap. Tackling contemporary issues — as on the anti-Internet stance “Diss Connect” (“So before you send that next text / You might want to disconnect and unplug and give the real world some love”) — and universal themes of the heart and home, the multifarious southern hip-hop crew creates a smart, infectious, 13-track LP exuding positivity and self-awareness. Listen to the blend of soul, laughter, and guts that’s due July 15 on Communicating Vessels below.