Classic, addictive, real, transcending, non-conforming, bold, brave and unapologetic, fierce and persistent, “Turn the Lights Out” reminds me of what pure love feels like. Like: the feeling of when you see your parents dance together for the first time, barefoot and young minded in the carpeted living room, curtains tied back and windows cracked to let the fresh summer evening breeze swim inside your home to wash over the surface of hot and sticky skin perspiring from Memorial Day heatwave, record player spinning a 12″ original pressed “Outstanding” vinyl, your father getting carried away from his signature 2-step your mother would tell you in stories in childhood that made her knees weak, and forget to lower the heat on the BBQ grill, leading everyone to gut-rippling laughter, knowing good and well nothing so small could impact the connection shared anywhere prior to this moment. Not convinced yet? Take a listen for yourself.
Yesterday, I spent a total of 12 hours listening to Oks’ tape to determine my objective view on this body of work. From the 13 tracks, I’ve picked 8 that I feel are the most exceptional and representative of his aesthetic, flow, craft, reason, epistemology, and overall character as an artist and creative human being. This was a tough analysis, but here are my final thoughts.
“Proclaimed as “King of the Northwest”, Luck-One Conscious from Portland recently put out his 7th independent release at 12AM EST yesterday morning and shattered the ears of the Hip-Hop Interwebs. Titled “K.O.T.N.W. II: Curse Of The Pharaoh”, Luck’s album serves listeners with a palate of prolific sound that is crafted with committed and furious detail, providing a careful balance between conscious and party rap. Between incorporating the elements of nostalgic hip-hop of the mid-90’s – conscious rap of industry favorites like Black Star and Nas as well as classic party rap of Biggie and Pac at their peak – this body of work proves to be diverse and eclectic in taste, giving listeners a continent of choice and endless opportunity for discovery in a fresh-water of sound.”