As I listen to ‘Raiders Of The Lost Art’, the upcoming project from Charlotte rapper Mista Spot, a reminder comes to my mind that there’s still a good bit of untapped talent in the NC hip-hop scene. ‘ROTLA’ is a good example of that untapped talent I speak of cause most of the tracks on here make a listener think (something that seems to be missing from most hip-hop records this day in time). 1 track that comes to mind is “Classic” (featuring singer Ida Devine) which speaks on why old school hip hop shouldn’t exist but classic hip hop should.
On “Pun Intended”, Spot touches on the issue of modern hip hop (or should I say hip pop) as it has no meaning or impact like mainstream hip hop used to back in the golden ages. “Ridiculous” (featuring Sonny Cheeba [of Camp Lo]) goes back to the times when hip hop used to be about having fun especially as Spot & Cheeba trade verses back & forth (which is something else that's missing from rap music nowadays). Besides the lyrical boom-bap & the tracks that make you use your brain that’s contained on much of ‘ROTLA’, there’s also more laid back jawns such as “Pop Life”, “It’s You”, & “Treat Me Right” to draw in the masses.
‘ROTLA’ is a good listen for a debut project (which is rare in today’s music industry). While I’m not too crazy about the hip-pop topics myself, sometimes I believe you have to spread yourself out a little bit to make the music work in the modern music industry. While I express my dislike for hip-pop as a whole, diversity is a must on albums (regardless of genre) as the the music business itself has gone through so many changes for the best & for the worst. And that pretty much describes ‘ROTLA’.
There’s pretty much something for everybody on ‘ROTLA’. If you want music that make you think, ‘ROTLA’ got it. If you want to take a trip down memory lane for the "Golden Age Of Hip-Hop", ‘ROTLA’ can do that for you as well. If you’re looking for hip-pop topics, you can find it on ‘ROTLA’. ‘Raiders Of The Lost Art’ will be available on October 1, 2013 for all to enjoy. -Review written by D. Vann