The road to self love and discovery may not always be the brighest path, battling between history, ambitions and self worth. Malcolm London is no stranger to these circumstances and as an artist he creates dramatic imagery of his perspective through words and music with his new album release Right Away Series. Coming back from his pevious project Opia he switches up his intentions with this release. In an interview with DJ Booth Malcolm breaks down the LP.
With this project, I feel like I could do something that’s just authentic to me and not too focused on proving anything.” Malcolm expresses in interview. He references to his previous LP Opia how he was trying more to prove as a poet he can rap dynamically. With Right Away Series he integrates poetry, rap and music allowing himself to express a range of ideas and emotions in his own style. A real representation of being your pure self un-apologetically.
Catching himself in the mix of Chicago local releases yet again like Deem, Mick Jenkins, MfnMelo, Probcause, Rich Jones and others. Like his last project Opia, Right Away Series features a handful of talented artists. Produced fully by BAD CXMPANY, production duo, they are joined by local vocalists Tasha and Marcus Anthony Johnson. So its worth a celebration as London showcases the release at a listening party among friends and artists. Catch the recap below.
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A recipe for pure poetic justice. As you are listening you can hear a mix of political commentary, emotional struggle, love poems. You can also hear London challenge general norms in society and hip hop like masculinity and injustice. “I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to be my whole self at all times”, he explains in the interview, referring to him being an educator, activist, poet and rapper. Not leaving any piece of himself out of this LP, he speaks his mind.
In the opening track iSearch, London express doubt though he has made himself and his name recognizable to a great extent especially locally in Chicago. All too familiar to every independent, artist, entrepreneur at one point or another as Mick Jenkins expresses similarly in his recent release. His human side gives into to his activst mindset quickly as he starts Talking Too Much and you find he has too much on his mind. This LPs succession of ideas seems to flows as if of the top of his head, thoughts leading to another.
Work While You Sleep stumbles upon the idea of love and relationships. The following Just To Be Clear goes over the idea that love & emotions makes men weak & vulnerable in hip hop and society generally. Interesting perspectives for society to look over as a whole and contemplate; As a poet, rapper and activist should invoke. Ending the beat on a high note with Chicago’s Tasha and some hope as an artist should.