An alias representative of the greatest book in all of literature and reminiscent of rapid-fire weaponry carries lofty expectations and growing anticipation. Yet, this Midwest-born rappers aim is not to leave people in awe of his knowledge and delivery but to offer words of life. Loose Canon: Volume 2 is a compilation of 9 tracks attempting to do just that.
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Go Off (feat. Lucious) Produced by RayRock
Motivation (feat. Social Club) Produced by Canon
Trippen Produced by Eighty7
Point of View (feat. Tragic Hero, Adia) Produced by Cardec
Common Sense (feat. B. Cooper, Mau Nu’u) Produced by Joyful Noise
Put Me On (feat. Reconcile, Derek Minor) Produced by Kenneth Aldridge
Dreams (feat. Tony Tillman, J.C.) Produced by MPAX
Reach Into the Night (feat. TJ Pompeo, Shonlock) Produced by Canon
Motivation (feat. Social Club) [EXTENDED VERSION] Produced by Canon
Going Hard| Posted October 13, 2014
There has been a recent shift in the world of Christian Hip Hop. All of a sudden it seems that each release builds on the strength of the last. It is no doubt that it is a close community of artists who maintain allegiance to the same team and will frequently proclaim that they represent the one one six. Reflection Music Group artist Canon has quickly become a fixture in the discussion. His third album, Loose Canon Vol. 2, is strong from start to finish, and although not industry changing like Lecrae's Anomaly, it delivers in quality of production, style and lyricism.
The album starts with the hard hitting "Go Off." In typical Canon fashion, he goes off hard with his unique rapid fire style and a beat that hits you deep in your soul. Rapid fire lyrics show a mastery of one's tongue and lyrics, but can be polarizing to the listener as it can be difficult to understand the words. For this particular reviewer, it makes me listen more closely to what is being said.
Next up is "Motivation (feat. Social Club)." Whenever Marty and Fern show up on a track, it is reason to get excited. Combine Canon's hard hitting style with that of Social Club, and you are given a recipe for face melting. The beat is subdued in the track, allowing the lyrical prowess of the artists to take the forefront. Canon also produced this track, which shows off another level of his talent.
"Trippen" shows yet another side of Canon's versatility. In this track producer Eighty 7 skillfully incorporates multiple samples into the track, and Canon slows down the flow to deliver his message. "Point of View" features vocals by Tragic Hero and gospel new comer Adia. Canon is back to his rapid fire ways, and Cardec delivers a hard hitting beat. The song is smooth. And speaking of smooth, rapid fire over a smooth beat is what is delivered on "Common Sense."
The album ends powerfully with "Put Me On" and "Dreams." This is the epitomy of hard hitting hip hop music: a powerful message delivered with powerful lyrics and a hard hitting, soul crunching beat.
Canon delivers, as always. He goes off hard on this latest offering. Each song on the EP offers us a unique side of Canon, and we also get a taste of his production skills. He is a well-rounded artist and producer, and with this project, he proves he is much more than a gimmick driven, one trick pony.
Song to Download Now:
"Motivation (feat. Social Club)" (Get it on iTunes here.)
PERFECT 5/5| Posted October 18, 2014
If you're looking for a project full of nothing but bangers this is for you. This project has features from: Luciius, Social Club, Tragic Hero, Adia, B. Cooper, Mau Nu'u, Reconcile, Derek Minor, Tony Tillman, J.C., TJ Pompeo and Shonlock. This EP is something you can listen to with your youth group, with your family or heck even people who don't even know Christ. This is a great place to start when trying to get people who lists to nothing but secular rap to give Christian Rap a shot. J.C. Mau Nu'u, Shonlock and Adia give great vocals to their tracks and bring much needed singing to the project. Social Club brings the funny just as they always do. Reconcile brings the real southern grittiness just as he always does. Derek Minor and B Cooper were to be expected on the album as they are Co Label mates with Canon. B Cooper always gives a life story type feel which is great. Derek Goes hard as always and brings a great feel to the track he is on same with Tony Tillman. Overall the production is great and the feel of this is amazing! My top 3 tracks are based on production, flow and sound. 1. Motivation feat Social Club 2. Put Me On feat. Reconcile and Derek Minor 3. Trippen. Overall Loose Canon Vol. 2 gets a 5/5 from me. This is the first project I've ever given a 5/5 to. Cop this project ASAP YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!