Dave Amazin – Technicolor Daydreamer (EP Review)
Technicolor Daydreamer (listen/download)
Dave Amazin is a Chicago artist that has been in the game since 2007. Recently, he released a brand new unique EP entitled Technicolor Daydreamer. The EP is a collaboration project with Baltimore producer Richard Desire (The Creators). Desire created eight very different tracks for the project, taking special care to ensure that no two beats sounded the same. Dave then approached each record with a distinct flow and style as he touched on topics such as: the violence in Chicago, struggles with his father, feeling like an underdog in the music game, etc. His goal was for each song to have it’s own sound and feel. So how did he do? Keep reading after the jump to find out.
This song opens with some random and slightly amusing words from Dave himself. From there, the song kicks into gear. The production here is quirky yet quality. It is made up of a subtle foundation, lively instrumentation, an offbeat rhythm, and an abstract vibe. There is no hook used on this record. Which works out well as the continuous verse is fine as a standalone. The verse is first rate. Dave supplies an interesting flow, quick wordplay, and proficient rhymes. He basically goes to task on his fellow rappers, violence amongst the people, and more. Check it as he opens: “Most these rappers b–ches and act like they not. Put a kettle on the stove and then act like they hot. Rap game half way unbearable to watch. Let me stop before a n—a get shot. N—as forgot aiming. And now they throwing them bullets all through the windows. (…) Shooting at mamas. Shooting at babies. Its like our whole race of males got rabies. Now they going crazy. Martyrdom it used to be attractive. Now we don’t believe in God. But the dollar bill and trapping.” Those are some sophisticated bars right there. This offering ends with a political based clip from Edward R. Murrow regarding late former Senator Joseph McCarthy. Overall, this song is a prize.
“Fern Gully (Open Letter)”
This song begins with a brief description of the purpose of the record. Afterwards, the selection comes in full throttle. The production here is solid. It incorporates a ground level bass, buoyant secondary elements, an unhurried tempo, and a deep vibe. Once again, there is no hook to be found. It’s not really missed as it would interrupt the story-telling aspect of the verse. The prolonged verses is decent. Dave presents a consistent flow, personal wordplay, and emotional rhymes. He essentially pens a heartfelt letter to his estranged father. A few memorable lines are: “Surely love yo b–tch a** to death. I mean that literal. I see you. I’m a punch you in the cleft. Don’t take that figurative. Rolling stone, you rolled stone. Rolled weed then rolled home. Burn out a** n—a couldn’t call us on the damn phone. Don’t ever forget my brother birthday in my face again. Almost like he ain’t important. Then try to be replacing him. Matter of fact he’s pretty big now. Try facing him. You can’t motherf—a. Yo guilt got you in a place of sin.” Biting words coming from the Chi-town rapper in those bars. All in all, this is a respectable effort.
“Really That N—a”
The production here is fair. The low core, striking background ingredients, middling pace, and indifferent vibe result in a satisfying blend. The hook is adequate. The delivery is orderly and the lyrics are up to bar. The verses are standard. Dave exhibits an easy to follow flow, conventional wordplay, and moderate rhymes. He gives the listener a little insight into his personality as he discusses everything from females to significant people in his life. A couple of lines worth noticing include: “Them fake n—as tell you anything for your panties. I tell you the truth cause females don’t scare me. Mama raised a king. I didn’t have no pops. He wasn’t even there when my black balls dropped. So you think that s–t gone stop me from winning. Nothing will stop me, even if I had children. But lets slow it down for them people that’s listening slow. I wouldn’t be mad if you skip me til my listeners grow. But don’t ride my dick when I make it. You can shove it up ya a**. Hope your anal can take it.” Dave conveys a crystal clear unfiltered message with those words. In the end, this is an orthodox cut.
**My Two Cents: Technicolor Daydreamer is a reasonable EP. I enjoyed the variety of the beats a lot. Richard Desire did his thing. And Dave Amazin made a proper first impression on me. He has a cool style/sound about him. His rhymes are not too shabby either. They could be just a tad bit smoother as well as rich though. Dave definitely has a lot to say and his points would make much more of an impact if he kicked things up a notch lyrically. As a whole, Technicolor Daydreamer ranks a 3.5/5. As always, readers are encouraged to listen and formulate their own opinions though. -MinM