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article imageReview: Vision the Kid & Tru find the perfect balance with 'Dark City'

By Andrew Ellis     Sep 15, 2014 in Music
On Vision the Kid & Tru's new release, "Somewhere in a Dark City," the duo aims to finally put Minneapolis on the mainstream rap map without sacrificing the organic sounds and clever rhyming of underground hip-hop.
The balance is something they make look easy as they come out on the other side with a hip-hop album that appeals to the masses.
The balance between the mainstream and the underground can be heard starting with Kid's voice. His delivery is full of the confidence and swagger on several tracks including "Devil," and "Roll Call" that would feel right at home on a T.I. record. The underground influence is present in the cleverness of his rhymes which may remind you of Common or Minneapolis' own Slug of Atmosphere.
Not only are his rhymes clever, but he also inserts commentaries on certain subjects as well. For example, on "Devil" he talks about all the things that have gone in the world that have been of the horned one's doing from a first person point of view, and on "None of Y'all" he says he's "growing like the national debt. Despite the commentary, the production could have people dancing to the track anyways.
Not only is the production very organic-sounding thanks to the talents of Tru, but it doesn't attack your ears like most albums from heavyweights such as Lil Wayne do. That doesn't mean the bass isn't thumping hard enough on the hook, but it's not overbearing to point where you have to give your eardrums a break after one listen. It'll sound nice coming through your speakers, but it won't blow them out.
There also a change in pace throughout the record as well. In addition to upbeat tracks such as "None of Y'all" and the title track, there's also "Lucky You" which is a calmer track with Kid rhyming over a what sounds like real drums and an acoustic guitar.
Three other notable parts of the album are the intro, interlude, and the outro. While most rappers seem to just use these as fillers Vision the Kid shows that in addition to rhyming he's also a talented poet whose not afraid to make you think.
Something in a Dark City is the best of both worlds, and it won't be long until Vision the Kid & Tru are conquering more than their Minneapolis stomping grounds.
For more information go to visionthekid.com, and view their video for the lead single, "Devil," on YouTube (contains explicit language).
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