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“Black Boy Out In Poverty” (preview)

Detroit emcee Adam Reverie hit the site with another submission a couple of weeks back. It’s a single that will appear on his upcoming album, Idiot Writer. The song is dubbed “Black Boy Out In Poverty.” It originally premiered on The Smoking Section and it includes a lyrical guide which can be found here. The guide is to ensure that listeners fully grasp as well as absorb the concept that Reverie is exploring within the record. Said concept centers around the idea of the media targeting young Blacks via the highlighting of derogatory themes in Hip-Hop music.

Stereo Symphony handled the production on this one. The production here is kosher. The quiet bass, eccentric musical elements, gradual tempo, and meditative vibe blend favorably. The hook is dope. The melodic delivery in the beginning portion followed by the mocking of the mainstream style delivery in the end portion is an innovative tactic. The lyrics are arresting. The verses are powerful. Adam Reverie doles out a diverse committed flow, gifted wordplay, and undeniable rhymes. He breaks things down into three parts: his approach, what the industry wants, and the message that he is trying to convey. An excerpt from the message section is as follows: “It got me hot. Tell Pac and Big don’t worry. Might be small. But I do got courage. I’m talking to my people. We can take it a little deeper. And to the mainstream cant wait until I meet ya. A hot 16 when I finally do greet ya. Common sowed the seed. And I know I am the reaper. For the times I heard Hip-Hop was dead, my name is Rev. Yeah I forgive ya.” Those are some passionate bars right there. Overall, this is a potent selection that will definitely impact the listener’s thoughts.

**My Two Cents: I loved this record. It showed off the flexibility of Adam Reverie as it pertains to what he can do style wise. Additionally, the content had a lot of validity to it. Hip-Hop these days certainly leaves a lot to be desired. The art form has the potential to be so much more than twerking anthems and turn up joints. Which was made evident during it’s Golden Era. This was a bold move by the Detroit talent but at the same time it was very well played. Readers need to give it an ear pronto. -MinM