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RE:SON (2003)
Re:Son - Click to view!Hailing from SoCal, Anthony Perez brings his years of ministry experience to his self-titled album, Re:Son. The emcee makes no bones about the fact that he wants to get inside your mind. With song titles like "Help You Search," "For Your Walk," and "Your Self Worth," that goal is hard to mask. Perez's "Intro" also discusses his goal to benefit the listener by drawing youth towards Christ's powerful truth. However, while the heart of the mission is solid, the musical emphasis struggles to measure up.

The first half of the album contains very dark samples and uninspiring beats. Making the neck snap is a crucial way to get the listener open, which the majority of this album lacks. The live band that jazzes up the 2-minute interlude perks up the ear and begs for more airtime. While Perez handles most of the production, two submissions from both Loops and Cal Logic bring some variation. The back end of the disc displays more mature production in sample layering and groove development.

The same can be said for the emceeing on this record. Perez struggles at the beginning to find his footing, sticking very close to the track rhythm—giving his flow a very choppy feel. While you can't front on the message he brings, the lyrical delivery for two-thirds of the record is a significant turnoff. However, as soon as the Mos Def sample opens "Your Self Worth," a transformation occurs. Loops's laid back guitar sample combined with some sharp emceeing from Cal Logic spur Re:Son to bring his game a little harder. The two emcees critique the North American insatiable thirst for brand names in a creative and thought provoking way. From there, Perez takes more risks delivery wise, spicing up the last few numbers. "For Your Walk" and "Soonafter" display much more of Perez's potential. The "Outro" includes a guest spot from Elias and also contains an intriguing spoken word performance, which raises questions why the modest poetry style did not appear more often.

Overall, the heart of this emcee is something to be praised. However, the majority of the disc shies away from Re:Son's musical strengths, making this disc one to pass over.
- Jon Corbin
January 2004
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