That Feeling: Love Sex & Intrigue

Artist: E.A.R.T.H.

Produced by: Global Earth Music, LLC

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

            The hip-hop/rap group known as E.A.R.T.H., or Everything Around Revolves Through Hip-Hop, hails from San Diego, California.  The members of E.A.R.T.H. - Write Words, Ro Tone, NoE and Double Negative - hope to bridge the gap between social and ethnic backgrounds through the sounds of hip-hop.  Their music is influenced by such artists as 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, the Wu-Tang Clan, Outkast, Ludacris and more.  I recently received an invitation to check out the bandís recent EP, That Feeling: Love Sex and Intrigue.  Having never heard this bandís music, I wasnít sure what to expect, so I headed over to http://earthcrew.bandcamp.com/album/that-feeling-love-sex-intrigue to see what this band was all about.

            Just as the title says, That Feeling: Love Sex and Intrigue is all about romance.  For this EP, the groupís usual players are joined by artists like Dajiana, J. Duggen, Benny Bloc and JerVae.  The songs, written by R. Toney and friends are about the various reflections of romance.  Whether the singers are speaking about what makes their woman turn them on, the actual act of making love itself or the yearning for that act, each song follows the same theme.

            The music had my head bobbing from the very first track.  The music sampling is above board and definitely enjoyable.  The rapping at times can be a bit off, but for the most part is rather good and, at times, sounds like something less indie and more on the professional side.  The rap hook on You Got It Going On was exceptionally catchy and enjoyable.  The singing on the track Your Love is rather smooth, the singerís vocals blending perfectly with the melodies as well as any professional R&B singer can. 

            The lyrics are rather explicit, but I really shouldnít have expected less, having noted the artists E.A.R.T.H. has been influenced by.  However, despite the explicitness of the lyrics, the songs are each enjoyable in their own right and I am glad to have had the chance to sample some of E.A.R.T.H.ís work. 

            In closing, if you are a fan of hip-hop and rap and are looking for a little romance in that genre, check out That Feeling: Love Sex & Intrigue by E.A.R.T.H at http://earthcrew.bandcamp.com/album/that-feeling-love-sex-intrigue.  I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

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