Mystic shows her cuts
and scars on thought-provoking debut
Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom
Joining the growing progressive rap movement
is West Coast rapper-singer-poet Mystic, who doesn't mince words in her
delivery of vivid images of
self-love, self-respect and righteousness.
Her debut album, titled Cuts For Luck and
Scars For Freedom, proves a formidable entry into the female rapper genre,
which has been dominated
of late by sexual dynamos such as Lil'
Kim and Foxy Brown.
Listeners will need the ability to swing
from mood to mood to effectively navigate the sound-sculpting of 11 beat
technicians, each of whom creates a
different musical realm to help realize
Mystic's wide-ranging vocal talent.
Her departure from sexual innuendo for
the sake of sales makes a daring attempt at respectability for female MCs
for their lyrical skills as opposed to
cleavage, big bootys and did-you-see-that
Her debut single "The Life," which has
enjoyed regular rotation on Black Entertainment Television, intricately
dissects the many facets of ghetto
Produced by A+ of Heiroglyphics, this notable
track allows Mystic to showcase her range as a vocalist. This sister can
be quite complex, but is
refreshingly honest in her approach.
Another notable track, "The W," is a celebration
of life delivered to all the West Coast enthusiasts who shun the collective
belief that the Golden
State is nothing but a shoot-'em-up destination
on the hip hop horizon.
"Current Events" sets the tone for this
opus with its forceful delivery.
Mystic is letting all comers know that
she can flow with the best of them.
"Once a Week" borrows Too Short's famous
question, "Hey, h*, do you like to f***?" to show females have taken a
page from the male book of
The blazing "Neptune's Jewels" is an ethereal
track that draws on clearly sensual undertones.
Overall, Mystic delivers a solid debut
set, which will prove necessary if she plans to move female lyricism beyond
the perpetual ditties of sex and
materialism, and present it with a new
face of lounge-style singing and lyrical boasts.
Only time will tell if her cuts and scars
for creativity will win her the Purple Heart in the war for progress beyond
the stagnant musical landscape of