Sup The Chemist
"How do you like your hiphop?" Sup The Chemist boldly requests an answer to this question on his latest
CD, simply yet profoundly entitled Dust.Producer: Sup the Chemist and various others
album release date: January 31, 2000
For over a decade, Sup The Chemist has been a dominating force
in the ever-developing genre
labeled Christian hip-hop, garnering respect from the Christian as
well as the secular industry. Hailing from the West Coast, one
would assume that his style would be confined by
the sound of fellow artists emerging from California; this is not
Sup never ceases to "shock" his audience by masterfully changing
his style, techniques, flows and beats to introduce a
new flava to the listener. With fork in one hand and knife
in the other, picture yourself at your favorite restaurant about
to indulge into a mouth-watering meal. So are the elements that
compose Sup's latest rendition. Tantalizing beats,
scrumptious lyrics and creamy flows overly-excite the
tastebuds of the average hip-hopper's palette.
Dust has the potential
to surpass his previous work considerably. This
15-track LP contains God-exalting, quality lyrics, beats reeled in
from the rivers of life, enjoyable vocals, and rhythmic flows
from out of this world. The introduction confirms this perception
by declaring his return, after a 5-year sabbatical,
to the rap game. Even the CD sleeve gives a visual display of
his comeback through cartoonism, once again allowing the consumer
to lounge in the pool of his imagination.
Track #2 interprets "The Language of Imagination" by displaying
Sup's lyrical skills attempting to translate hip-hop's broadness
and scope. "My Shot" is a rapper's delight with a beat that screams
for its place in the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame.
Another of Sup's strong
arguments is found in the song "Venality".
Sup The Chemist sheds light on the emcees that rap strictly
for monetary gain lacking skill and moral conviction. With
the help of the L.A. Symphony crew, this explosive, illuminating
track explores the crooked part of the industry that distorted,
degrading lyrics are the result of "money hungry" motives.
He signals that those taking this approach of "monotonous
material" be displaced from pioneering status.
Sup desires to remain consistent to his credence that real hip-hop
is birthed from originality given by God.
Sup then exhibits his ingenious originality and creativity
on "Fresh Coast", featuring Ahmad from 4th Ave. Jones.
Many will attest that this is the "tightest" song on the album. The
addictive beat and the marriage of flows of the two
artists challenge any secular rapper to deliver.
Jon Gibson and Sup
Fellow Californian and B-Rite Music artist Jon Gibson, connected with Sup from his
pioneering days in Gospel hip-hop multiple years ago.
Gibson is a self-styled
smooth vocalist and was one of the very first 'big name' artists to embrace
holy hip-hop, bringing MC Hammer into the mix on "The Wall" on his "Change of Heart" project from
While Gibson appears with Sup on the Kansas remake on "As The Sun Rises", he
can also be heard on his
recent solo project, "The Man Inside" from B-Rite
Music (see review).
Sup the Chemist invites the audience in to take a 'stroll down memory
lane' and reminisce with him important events that transpired
in his life such as the death of brother and the birth of his
son. Accompanied by vocals supplied by S.P., Sup demonstrates
his talents to transcend hip hop's "edginess" and flow to
a mellow groove revealing intimate moments in his life.
Other noted tracks are "How Do You Like Your Hip Hop?",
"Art", and "Here" (which contains splashes of scratches
performed by DJ Melo-D). "As The Sun Rises" features
B-Rite Music recording artist, Jon Gibson (see sidebar), which identifies
the album title in its chorus, a smooth flowing track which is a
remake of "Dust In The Wind." "Top Raimen Nights" sympathizes
the trials of a rap artist dedicated to his craft.
Finally, "Is This A Dream?" chronicles the apocalyptic
climax found in the book of Revelations, story-telling
at its finest.
This album is a definite item in any hip-hop addict's
collection searching for current hits. It is not one to
pass up, as it possesses throw-off styles, a play on words
that Sup is famous for, and guest artists that spark the
After hearing this album "How Do You Like Your
Hip Hop?" will be easily answered...Sup The Chemist style.
Uprok / BEC Recordings
special review to GospelFlava.com by Brenda Ingram II—
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