A skilled trumpeter, Texas based Boy Blue is also classically trained in music composition. The first song he ever wrote lyrics to, was for a book report in 2003, sampling Eminem’s “Soldier,” and since then has found rap performance and writing an extreme adrenaline rush. Boy Blue started work on his debut album, Antiquity, in 2008. All the music, beats and words are original creations, with a few loops thrown into the mix.
Influenced by many underground and mainstream artists, Boy Blue is already busy working on his second album where he hopes to show off more of his lyrical capabilities, fun/intense orchestrations, and more of his trumpet playing abilities. Boy Blue also plans to improve his music mixing and mastering skills, as all but one song, “Waiting to Say This,” on the current album was done by him.
The styles and mood on Antiquity shift drastically, from gritty street hip-hop, spoken word, intense emotions, and even a classical baroque piano instrumental. There is a certain amount of minimalism in the creative beats: nothing really feels over produced, which allows Boy Blue’s lyrics to really shine. Discarding the “Intro” track and the classical “Fugue” tune, the first four tracks are all knock out stunners: lyrically they club you over the head or right between the eyes. “Imagine (A World With You) ft. Aaron Whitman” is exceptionally melodic and heartrending.
The album simply doesn’t relent as Boy Blue examines the way his world…and ours, is working. Checkout “What Are You?” and “Waiting To Say This” to witness how he grapples with issues that most emcees wouldn’t dare rhyme about. This personal integrity is what drives the entire album: every single song on this is incredibly real, filling a missing void in hiphop.
I have listened to Antiquity from start to finish many times now and cannot see myself listening to it in any other fashion. I think that all of the songs are stellar and the production is solid and innovative throughout. This album is quite on par with works by Atmosphere or Aesop Rock, especially in terms of writing, cohesiveness, and delivery.
The album is presented as hip-hop, but it has a flavor entirely unique from anything else you’ve been exposed to, and this is easily evident, on the three-in-a-row song set of “Too Many Regrets”, “Little Bit O’ Country” and “It’ll Be Ok”. If you listen closely, you’ll know it isn’t mainstream or thugs, gangsters and guns. It’s about thoughts, emotions and situations. Every track Boy Blue throws at you is often more than you can take at any one time, because the next time you hear it, you’re going to hear something you didn’t hear before, and it’ll happen each and every time.
Obviously there are no songs to skip on here, as all the arrangements are very tight, inventive, and creative. I recommend this to anyone who wants to hear the amazing potential hip hop has, as a real artistic outlet for passionate artists. If you’re just looking for a simple party mix, please go somewhere else.
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