Trav’s Take – Wow…..did I mention wow? This is why I still wade through high volumes of emails, to find that one diamond in the ruff. One emcee, one producer, Obii Say & Sinitus Tempo. Both of them are damn good at what they do. The result is one cohesive, no filler, play-with-fast-forward-button-broke, dope from start to finish project. This is one of the better projects to come across my email account in sometime. Admittedly, it made it past the first screening process I have. The cover doesn’t really do it any justice, but the description got me to play the two tracks attached, “World of Lost,” and “Prosperity”. They were dope enough that I downloaded the project. I unzipped it with the intention to listen to it, only for it to sit idle for a few days. I finally got around to playing it, and was intrigued right off the bat. Admittedly, it’s a project that is better enjoyed as a whole. I kept playing songs, thinking, “yeah that’s dope,” then another, thinking it was dope, but after it was all done, I wanted to play it again. That doesn’t happen for me a lot anymore. The emcee, Obii Say, does take a little getting used to, as he kind has that mumbled delivery with a higher tone (think a Q-Tip), but once you do get used to him, you appreciate him as an integral part of the music, and he’s only 17…. These two DC cats should be up and comers for years to come, for those of us appreciate dope beats and lyrics.
Sinitus Tempo, a time-traveling producer from Washington DC, sinks himself deep into the crates to give music listeners a taste of what’s been missing by presenting up-and-coming lyricist, Obii Say in The Vinyl Proxy 1965. Hosted by DMVUnplugged, this musical enclave is more than expected from a few, young men.
Obii Say, who sheds light on the world with his relics as 17-year old youth, delivers in the capacity of one who has been in the game for as long as he’s lived. The tape has an eclectic mix of sounds, all produced by Tempo with guest vocals from DMV favorites such as Benji, Lola Maxwell and Lyriciss.