Anyone can be a critic on the internet. That’s the beauty of the whole thing. We are all critics and nobody is a fan anymore. I can get on here and spout off why you should or shouldn’t buy the new Paul Wall album and you may or may not think I’m full of shit. Regardless, I like to think I know what I’m talking about and am knowledgeable enough for my “pseudo professional” blogger opinion matters in the minds of my readers. I have also been getting multiple requests from artists and labels to review their material, which I’m all for, especially if it results in me getting free stuff. So I’ve decided that once a week (hopefully on Saturdays) I’ll be doing a some reviews.
Storm Davis’ Myspace
Storm Davis first freestyled on a Providence, Rhode Island, city bus in 1989. He battled a female volleyball player from a cross-city high school.
Undaunted by this crushing defeat, he began to seriously rap as a joke in 1993, recording horrifying lo-fi demos with a mysterious karaoke DJ named The Snail. These sessions found their way into local shops between 1994 and 1996, manifesting as two appalling mixtapes that have luckily disappeared from the public consciousness.
Storm spent most of the late 1990s beginning and ending projects with numerous collaborators far more talented than himself, always dropping out to foolishly attempt to adapt himself to a more conventional lifestyle that was destined not to take.
He entered freestyle battle competitions, recorded some mixtape ‘exclusives,’ and generally leaned against the wall during the earliest hours of this underground hip hop party.
He perfected an earth-shattering Jason Priestley impression.
This did little to further his career.
Around the turn of the century, Storm dabbled in the Providence coffee shop spoken word scene, and still clings to the delusional notion that he had something to do with local cafe Cup of Joes winning the 2000 Providence Phoenix Best Spoken Word/Open Mic selection (he was a featured weekly performer).
Davis then began working in the independent film scene, as well as at a boutique music label/management company, in the hopes of helping to further the careers of associates and other artists he was certain were better than he. Both ventures ended in disaster.
In late 2003, standing amidst the smoldering ruins of a once promising life with nothing but a resume heavily tilted toward the loss column and pounds of pages of unrecorded songs, SD finally decided that intense drive, clear vision, and an unwillingness to accept reality were far more important than astounding talent.
Thus he began recording a proper debut album, called KEGSTAND POETRY FOR THE RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC, crafting literate, personal lyrics true to the legacies of forgotten hip hop legends like Justin Warfield, Divine Styler, and Wise Intelligent of Poor Righteous Teachers, melded with melodic sensibilities inspired by artists like Faith No More, Kilgore (Smudge), and ex-House of Pain frontman Everlast.
The LP arrived in stores in May 2006 to a whirlwind of raised eyebrows, moderate apathy, and the unbridled glee of the occasional diehard devotee.
As far as flow and tone, even Storm himself admits he has “..that old school delivery..”. At first his vocal tone took some getting used to, but once I did, I consider it one of his strong points. He definitely doesn’t sound like anyone else out there right now as far as vocal tone is considered. Storm seems to experiment with different flows through out the album, some working with great results, others he seems uncomfortable and stiff on. One of his better attempts is on “Illest It Gets”, where he rides a fairly basic beat rather effortlessly. As mentioned, SD isn’t the strongest lyricist ever to grace the mic, but he is more than
capable of holding his own with the guests that grace the LP on several songs. Probably the best posse cut is “Major League” with Sneak Techniks, Reason, & Demigodz affliate, Emilio Lopez. I’ve been wanting to hear more from Emilio Lopez after hearing him collaborate with Apathy on one of his mixtapes a few years back and he doesn’t disappoint.
Ranking: 3.75 panties out of 5 panties
WYDU meets Bust The Facts coming tomorrow……