Coagulate a seminary of sequesters of the third world
Overcast L’s soar in the skies, past those who kneel upon their bible of blunders
Robbed so many wicked words I know what to say
The mouth of the abhorrent becomes the society’s solvent
The best part for myself and all in due time
Journals for Luna in my eyes leave a corona for the furious
A heat of hatred that only tickles littered airy textures
So relays the race of words, the capitals that is him will letter be more than ism.
knowledge I stole sticks upon understanding
Through an era of savage honesty,
Fucking orange saltine, baker of ready raped apple pie sliced to all
No pork, I keep to my four squared cookie of conviction
To tell you a tale how we Gods boosted 12 jewels with four devils.
A vile quartet that sang songs of chaos in the goodest measures.
Hate the lame,
Envy charging creations out of dreams,
a Greed to see all knowledge
an ever unsettling Jealousy of one’s own supremacy–
The oddest humility to an actual fact.
So howl and thirst in spree of three,
To steal everything
and yet the culture will never be robbed…
Thirstin Howl the 3rd is infamous for robbing but he is cherished for giving all to his culture, Hip Hop. The contradictions of honor that trump hypocrisy needed more than idealism and obsession. They needed natural talent and a life so profound that it’s mere narrative of it in song becomes timeless. So now, The Lo Life general, works in a rarefied air where every record he presses ends as any other but they never stop playing profoundly. With a career of integrity reaching expansion with the Lo Life clothing line, the 2nd edition of the Bury Me With The Lo On book and more cooking dvds, short films on the way, Skillmatic is a master’s LP, in a prime of his creative cleverness, finally seeing seeing the fruits of one of the most unique thematic (& actual fact based) personas on wax.
Skillmatic continues this era of refinement in releases from Natural Born Skiller (2010) through Survival of the Skillest (2015). It is an evolution of one of Hip Hop’s most unqiue stylists ever as he has come to ride far more smoothly than his earlier LPs. The comedy isn’t in his cadence quirks anymore but in the cleverness of his wordplay. And still his inflections emphasize punchlines but menace and exuberance glide differently. On “Japan Style,” literally written on the flight to Japan as he promoted his Bury Me With the Lo On book, he details his mindset in concentrated clips versing, “From Brownsville, Brooklyn with the Polo crown/Godzilla my nigga when I’m in the town/In Japan/on the train/feel like Doctor Strange/LO down style, rock my chain/Tokyo smoke like the polio with the holy ghost/samurai life, holy robes unstoppable, nothing I got to prove/Watch my moves and obstacles, longitude/solid food grown from the Earth…” The details merge where he’s coming from, what he thinks of the Japan he is going to and what the Japan he lands in holds. It all merges into an abstract blending of visuals as if we are flying through fusions of Thirstin’s life and Japan’s adaptative mutations of American culture. He abruptly poeticizes, “…Comical chronicles/Papa duke goes berzerk/ cowboy rims on a stagecoach/ my third leg post like an egg roll/Sayonara/Cheetara/ baby powder/ body armour/ Dalai Lama/ cauliflowers/sushi loosie/ now on sale/breast fed powder milk/ from Dollar Deals/demon diabolics/ supplied your whole closets/somebody gotta tell you to stop it.”
The power of Thirstin Howl’s work is that his persona is his actually storied life so the license he takes with his stream-of-conscious word journeys are understood in the totatlity of his long players, not necessarily with the exploration of just one song. Lyrically, using alliteration, reverse rhyming, homonyms and any other device, he layers his verses allowing him to continue his idiosyncratic choppiness in this abstract slang phrasing (“Skillosopher lock it up/lock a binoculars/proper the popular powder from panama/crime saga designed in blind honor/hood status magic, live it and grime harder…”- “Criminal Slang”). It really is an incomparable style because most MCs this far out the box either don’t have the long catalog to develop such paintings and certainly most have not have a life of hell to right through love and loyalty that in mere retelling leaves lessons, morals and scarring visuals.
Beatwise, the album is a concise eleven tracks and intends to charge on while Thirstin’s rhymes plod through precisely. “Barberic Merits” playing along two of the livest of this #InvisibleRenaissance he verses uptempo and even when he pauses to “Go Go Brooklyn!” is effortless with precise timing. Thirstin constantly dives out of pocket that he often develops a rhythmic synergy in how he goes in and out of it. “Public Enemy,” Domingo’s upper mid tempo synth groove follows behind sharp drum work as Thirstin rhymes in a higher pitch cutting through the noise just as Chuck D once did. In this manner, it is his supreme showmanship how he constantly pays homage without actually imitating a style completely but reinterpreting the nature of the original. “Skillmatic,” with one of Prodigy’s (#RememberedInPerfection) last powerful verses, Thirstin grims the impeccable snare smash and long guitar plucks drawing bars, “I’m a poet’s first words/a magician’s last trick/hallucinating, hating, fashion fabric/a mother’s son committing the same sin/breaking the same laws/she’s saying it ain’t him/father dead from an overdose early/i aint never made a fucking song without cursing…” All of this growth in refinement peaks in the horn blasting, cymbal snare crashing and drum reloading flow of “Olde God Cipher,” a wordplay braggadocio display that is an impeccable peak of cleverness.
Skillmatic is exactly the type of album one may expect from Thirstin Howl yet it rewards with listening because the LO MC movement is filled with MCs afflicted with the same illness as he. They (i.e. Shabaam Sahdeeq, Spit Gemz, Meyhem Lauren) are reaching peaks of refinement while the other guest are either in a resurgence (UG as a musical producer here) or they are reminding us how ill they always have been (“…a Lo Life from the school of Deception…” – Sticky Fingaz on “Crime Lords”). Ever working and releasing collected long players selecting from mass batches, he compiles the most concentrated hardcore batch that defines the General’s expansion as a leader in this poverty provoked progressive arts generation–the LO Lifes.
#LOVEandLOYALTY A #LoLife
The organization of these principles around a counterculture, an expressive arts of creation that uplifts the ideas and thoughts of an oppressed people, is why I’m an honored builder amongst legends, knighted by heroes of Medina (Rakim Supreme Shabazz Allah/Rudy Lo, Thirstin Howl the 3rd, Bonz Malone) to further create in my element as a Hip Hop Writer of #ArtOnArt & #ScienceOnMusic. So the world may find love that locks in with the action of loyalty though they may never find another writer with my kind of grammar…
Representing the pillars of:
Peace, Sunez Allah