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Year in Review (Music)

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Our Reality, the Lyrical Phenom

Our Reality, the Lyrical Phenom

You can have Justin Bieber; you can have Katy Perry, you can have Miley Cyrus; and you can even have Daft Punk. What excited us most this year in music was the return of our friend, Michael “Our Reality” Childs to the stage. We got to preview the Our Reality album at the beginning of 2013.  He spent most of the summer touring. It has been 20 years since we’ve seen him perform, and we finally caught him ripping up the stage and kicking knowledge to a younger generation at the Westcott Theater last night. Ironically, Childs was on the bill with fellow West Coast Hip Hop heads Blackalicious.

37-Minute Hip Hop Revival

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Michael Childs, aka Our Reality, is a Hip Hop Survivor.

During his tenure in the industry Childs has been a manager, promoter, an actor, as well as a record label executive. He makes his return to the artistic lane with a solo venture called TGDOM, which will drop later this month.

The debut single You Are Here (Y.A.H.), is littered with a head-bobbin’ West Coast funk-style made popular by Left Coast players Dre, Snoop and Too Short.  Similarly, Open Your Mind (and let your brain breathe) has an equally compelling bass-line, and features a guest verse by the silver-tongued MAG, aka Ken Hills, from Syracuse.

Say What quickens the pace behind breakneck beats provided by Syracuse’s Super producer Seth Marcel, aka Seth Bradford. This cut also features guest appearances by Mad Illz and Jus One. Along with Lyrical Phenomenon this section of the project mixes up a spicy, perfectly seasoned old school flavor that sets a standard.

Our Reality brilliantly blends two complimentary rhymes together in a Dr. Jeckyl vs. Mr. Hyde song called Double Frequency. It was a huge risk, but the flow is uninterrupted. They are separate yet equal, and at the same time the song is not too cluttered. A perfect sequel is I Am, which exudes a hardcore style very familiar to fans of Our Reality’s bold lyricism.

Rhythm of Life is a Dr. Seuss-type anthem featuring hypnotic lyrics and an enduring beatbox. Before you know it, you’ll be singing along. Rhythm’s familiar chorus has an infectious appeal that may blow up, but won’t go pop.

The final track is a freestyle collaboration with Seme Rock

TGDOM will take you on a journey to discover what’s next, new and necessary in the Hip Hop game.  Our Reality has evolved, but he’s still relevant.