REVIEW: A Traveling Man EP by Rayce

 

RAYCE- A Traveling Man EP 3.15.2014: The 805’s own Rayce hits the scene with an international/ collaborative effort with Shpaolin Malehico Rap of Croatia. As described on his Bandcamp page “The growth as a young man and maturing emcee can be heavily noted as Rayce addresses key situations that have impacted his life and the lives of those around him; such as touring overseas in Europe, the prolonged release of the EP due to incarceration and dealing with substance abuse issues, as well as the suicide of a near and dear friend of Rayce. However, that is not to say that it is an entirely dark project as much as it is a personal journey into the life of Rayce.”

From the jump, this is a solid project. With multiple hard hitting messages packaged into a 6 track EP, Rayce definitely connected with the people, as well as himself with this one. As mentioned in past reviews, the track listing is what makes a good project in my opinion. The song order really complimented this tape so the replay value is all there. Aside from the content, the production is insane! Smooth, Jazzy, Raw. The classic Hip Hop sound with a modern day twist. Croatia natives, Kex and Veki did an amazing job on the beats. I always loved Rayce’s beat selection, but this one was mad impressive. With only one emcee appearance from Will Santos & cuts by LiHai’s brother, Chris Carey, this tape wasn’t heavy on features. That added a lot more focus time in Rayce’s favor which was a great move for this specific project. With all of that being said, i urge y’all to cop “A Traveling Man” now. If you enjoy that vintage style Boom Bap this will suite your cd collection beautifully.

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