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This is a perfect example of why I still appreciate hip-hop music. With all the mainstream garbage they have been playing on the radio and TV for the past decade or more, Track Seven Band have stayed humble and have made good quality music here.

Track-Seven-Band-LiveI’m not a hip-hop connoisseur but it makes me feel good when hearing something like this because this to me is what hip-hop music should be all about – profound and positive messages, live instruments, uniqueness and creativity.

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Track-Seven-Band-350The songs are personal, intelligent narratives, but catchy; “Today”, “Doubt Me”, and “The Try and the Fail” all got stuck in my head a lot. But unlike many of their more popular peers, this is not simply a vehicle for a few hot singles with some filler in between. This is a real record in that old school sense of the word.

A collection of carefully crafted songs that go well together and mean something. Track Seven Band is a collective that flies high above the anchors of musical genre. This is not really just a rap album or a hip-hop album or a pop album or even a rock album, it’s…well, it’s a Track Seven Band album.

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Once in awhile the hip-hop genre will take a break from its occasional obsession with narcissistic posturing and actually deliver on ideas that actually live up to its cultural roots. And it’s no secret that many of the genre’s greatest moments have been those instances where it looks inside itself, and finds something new to say – and a better way to say it. “The Try and the Fail” EP is one of those occasions!

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