“Sev Statik, New Breed, LPG, Dert, and Zane combine to form an explosive hip hop presence in the underground which has successfully forged one of
the most appeasing albums packing that raw underground sound fans world wide enjoy. Seattle, Washington based Uprok Records brings Tunnel
Vision to the fans, showcasing exceptional talent, performed by exceptional artists who fans can expect to offer much more in the realm
of hip hop as the pages turn.”
Uprok Records ( http://www.uprokrecords.com ) & Tunnel Rats have arguably put out an album that outshines the rest of the pack in their
genre, as well as any other fine Uprok releases. What makes Tunnel Vision so special, is not only its impacting beats & rhymes, but their
content. It’s straight up an underground hip hop album, representing the underground artist, and the underground in whole. “A Long Road”
introduces fans to the Tunnel Rats sound, bringing listeners knowledge about the group, their trials & tribulations. The first song featured on
the album setting off the intensity correctly. Check out Sphere Of Hip-Hop (www.sphereofhiphop.com) for some facts on the rats.
“A Long Road” starts off the album and features rugged vocals depicting the past events of the Tunnel Rats bringing the listener up to date whether
you’re a returning fan craving more or a new-comer to the Tunnel sound.
All of the songs presented on Tunnel Vision are highlight; however, absolute standouts go to Bow Down, Sev Statik, and Ladies. These 3 joints in conjunction with one another would make a perfect vinyl release. Bow Down is scrumptiously delicious delivering fans lyrical & beat supremacy. Catchy hooks, rhymes, and a penetrating sound serves this one up as a sure shot fan favorite. Sev Statik, a overly talented indie hip hop artist fans should really be watching, has a self titled joint on Tunnel Vision which is off the wall, and really gets fans open as the real “underground” anthem. Sev is unfire as he spits it hot over an incredibly hype beat, and a powerful hook. A real song, with something real to say, delivered by Sev Statik, making performing look easy with intense, steadily smooth flow.
Zane, and Elsie are probably two of the tightest femcee’s who don’t get enough recognition for their wide array of skills. Dropping a duet on the joint Ladies they nail down any doubt, proving to fans world wide these two artists have the goods. Blessing females world wide with rhymes that are easily appreciated, these two share some thoughts with their fellow sisters. Want the full story? Listen to the song. These two talented artists also appear on other songs through-out the album.
Drawbacks to this album are its interludes. Although creativity well pieced together, fans of today want straight up music non-stop. Interludes with talking are dope the first time they are tuned in, but on replay’s they become annoying rather quickly. The interludes are short, well spaced and because of that, they are not a major problem. This is the only factor critics will critique on Tunnel Vision. The art work, cover design is incredible ( props to Lopez ), presentation exceptional, music is tremendously appeasing, everything is vibed.
Tunnel Vision by Tunnel Rats is an exceptional release that should not soon be forgotten. Incredible beats & rhymes make for the perfect gem, untarnished by factors that tend to plague other releases. An instant classic fans should definitely tune into, and place on extra heavy rotation.
1. A Long Road
3. Bow Down
4. Jet Lag
5. Sev Statik
6. One’s Who Do
8. 2 Cents
9. Tunnel Vision
10. God Said It
11. Line Finish
12. For The Heads
14. Tripped Over A Dream
15. One’s Who Don’t
16. Master Plan
17. Pray For The Morning
19. Human Race
20. Everybody Else