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Vice Souletric - 'Vice for President 2' (LP)
Buckeye Beatsmith/Emcee Runs for a 2nd Term on Sophomore Effort
Those are the words of rising rapper-producer Vice Souletric, whose new album, Vice For President 2, proves that you can improve on a classic blueprint while making it your own.
The Lorain, Ohio native doesn’t waste a second on the record’s 11 tracks, which range from brief and powerful (“T.A.M.I.R.,”
Other standouts include lead single “Return Of The Black Man,” a fierce war cry featuring Talib Kweli, G. Huff, and Will Blaze, and the aptly titled “Respect The Legends” featuring King Magnetic. The latter is also the only track that Vice didn’t produce himself, as he landed the chance to spit over a 9th Wonder beat. The result is an ill dedication to Hip-Hop, which Vice drove home in speaking on the project.
“This album lets people know that I am serious and committed to contributing to the Hip-Hop culture through music,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere.”
While the remainder of the record is mostly a solo outing, don’t sleep on the features from Rapper Big Pooh and HiJinks’ appearance on the Native Tongues’esque “EIO.” The latter also shows up for “90s Sumthin,” a cut you’ll need on your warm-weather playlist this year. That goes for the entirety of Vice For President 2, for that matter, as it’s a masterful demonstration of what it means to truly “do it yourself.”
Vice For President 2: There’s No Tomorrow Til You Wake Up drops Feb. 26 through his own United Grind imprint.
01. iRap (feat. Siri & DJ Nu Era)
02. Leaders of a Free World
03. There's No Tomorrow Til You Wake Up
06. Return of the Black Man (feat. Talib Kweli, G.Huff & Will Blaze)
07. E.I.O. (feat. Rapper Big Pooh & Hijinks)
08. Stayin' Out The Way (feat. Skyzoo)
09. The Cipher
10. 90s Sumthin
11. Respect the Legends (feat. King Magnetic) [prod. by 9th Wonder]
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