A Brooklyn mainstay whose songwriting, production and rhymes appeared prominently on a little album called The Score, first-time featuree John Forté is by no means new to the game but, after spending much of the 2000s behind bars on drug charges, the artist has got a little lost time to make up for. Luckily, Forté has just the thing to get heads’ attention in anticipation of his first full-length in over a decade; namely, lead single Gone. “Lyrical” doesn’t even begin to describe this joint, which finds the headliner’s own subtle, bluesy production (complete with hook vocals by singer/songwriter Sass Jordan) setting the stage for a veritable buffet of thought-provoking rhymes. After pushing listeners to unplug the TV and think for themselves on the front, Forté cedes the mic to his equally astute collaborators – Duo Live‘s HD Fre, B.K. vet Talib Kweli, and NYC underground mainstay AZ lace the record with (respectively) gruff abstraction, subversive street philosophy, and hard-hitting social commentary. Does this brooding jam leave you craving more? Then keep it locked for the latest on water light sound, set to hit record store shelves “soon.”
Written by richard on 11/1/10
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