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Kane Mayfield – ‘Rhymes by Kane (Thievery Corporation Edition)’ Album Review

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Kane Mayfield – ‘Rhymes by Kane (Thievery Corporation Edition)’ Album Review

Written by:  @darcwon

Kane Mayfield has been on his grind for quite some time. The Long Island raised Guyanese rhyme spitter has been at work creating music for the past few years.  Having been raised in the same city as De La Soul (Amityville, NY), a town over from Rakim (Wynedanch), and up the road from EPMD (Brentwood), it’s not hard to imagine where Kane found his voice in hip hop.  For his latest project, Kane delivers Rhymes by Kane: Thievery Corporation Edition using intricate instrumentals from the library of Thievery Corporation.  Thievery Corporation (Rob Garza and Eric Hilton) is a duo from Washington, D.C. known for creating lounge music with elements of dub, reggae, acid jazz, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, and bossa nova styles.

Kane’s flow is simple enough to be easy on the ears but it can become complex enough if the right instrumental gets him open. “Ghetto Almanac” lets him unleash a diatribe about ghetto living under the curtain of capitalism. With “Beautiful Drug”, the track allows him to speed up his flow and let his vocals be manipulated over the dark track really bringing home the narrative of the song.  If you haven’t watched the video, it’s a must watch as it further captures visually what the song entitles.  “New Jack City” uses movie references to illustrate three different narratives describing growing up in New York with the perfect musical backdrop that adds to the song.  In short, Kane is a good rapper.

Kane Mayfield’s ear for the instrumentals used from Thievery Corporation’s catalog must be noted. The moody and dark verses on “White Collar” moves right along with its instrumentation. “Vampire” flips the rhythmic guitar licks and vocal samples into something quite danceable and horn infused quite different from what the track title would imply. “Cereal Killer” even has a Western feel with its “wah wahs” and background bongos using a slight Jamaican accent (may be due to his West Indian upbringing) in the beginning and throughout the song keeping the listener engaged.  The production selected by Kane Mayfield set the mood for many of the songs spread throughout the EP.

Kane Mayfield is willing to take chances in a day and age where safe is the sure bet.  It’s not easy rhyming over Thievery Corporation let alone FINDING the beats to use but Kane Mayfield accomplishes that feat all while maintaining rhyme schemes that are good enough to keep you tuned in throughout the EP.  Will it get a lot of replay? It all depends on what you like but this EP by Kane Mayfield is definitely worthy of a listen.

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