Brother Maniac is extremely talented and comes equipped with an arsenal of heated lyrics that are sure to brand hot hip hop music into the minds of hungry fans worldwide. Still Rising is not only the album’s title, it’s a well delivered message embedded in each of the thirteen tracks that stack this delicious buffet. Still Rising features countless gems which include hot tracks such as “We Get Our Hustle On”, “Roll Wit Us” and “Still Rising”. This album is a rare and precious find. Some critics will critique the introduction and tracks nine and eleven which feature “Big Moe” for breaking up the flow of the album and music. Most times introductions and skits are undesired as they rarely add creativity that warrants a disruption; however, Still Rising is one of those exceptions where the introduction is well put together and the skits are kept short and add creativity and concept to the album. After countless rotations of the album, there was never a thought or movement to hit skip.
The production is always on point and hot. There is a spectrum of creativity that shines in distinct shades like the colors of the rainbow. Brother Maniac, Big D Makin Tracks, Rico Da Don, Mike Hughes, Thurston King and Hitmaka get credit for the exceptional production that blesses the gems that stud this release.
Each beat is laid perfectly and fine tuned to compliment the well written and delivered lyrics that strike fans hard with impact. Brother Maniac is not only an exception song writer, he is a gifted performer. The music blossoms as entertainment being more than simply music. The level of creativity is as impressive as the flawless execution of the lyrics.
The majority of the tracks are imprinted with a fun vibe which to describe as catchy is an understatement. For example, after listening to songs such as “Superstition” fans are head nodding and grooving even when the decks are off. The album, “Still Rising”, has exceptional flow and is one of those albums that can loop forever. The music is never dull and the songs mesh extremely well without sounding the same. The flavor is always delicious. The music is about good times, life and love.
This album, Still Rising, is not hard core gansta rap where gun shots are delivered between words. The music and lyrics are not full of anger, hate and foul language spit with rage. The music isn’t a broadcast to promote violence. The music is something everyone can listen to, appreciate and relate to. You do not need to be an impoverished renegade to get jiggy with this album and, or Brother Maniac.
This is heavy rotation material and quite possibly the best hip hop album you’ve never heard. Still Rising is gold worth every ounce of listening attention and deck injection. Highly recommended listening.
1 Intro: Big Hitz and Miesha
2 We Get Our Hustle On
3 Roll Wit Us (Remix)
5 2 Make Things Right
6 The Ghetto
8 We Come to Party
9 Big Moe
10 Light That Tree
11 A Lil’ Mo Big Moe
12 Get Ur Groove On (Tk9)
13 Still Rising