'Seize the Day, putting as little trust as possible in the future' -Horace Time waits for no man. As the sands of the hourglass pass and our future becomes our now, our now eventually becomes our past. We lay destined for the time to turn to the very dust from which we came. 'Carpe DMV' is a rap album about the passage of time and fond memories of yesterdays, as we inevitably head towards a bleaker future. It is about holding steadfast, and working to change the outcome of our circumstances through revolution that transcends hate. Recorded entirely at Depth Charge Studios in Alexandria, VA, 'Carpe DMV' is the first official studio album from Earleybird and Skip 2 My Left. The album is 13 tracks deep and most tracks clock in around 3 minutes in length. The title of the album is a play on words between the phrase 'Carpe Diem', which is Latin and popularly translates as 'Seize the day' and the phrase 'D.M.V.' which is a local abbreviation for the area of The District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. 13 tracks deep, the album showcases Earleybird on the vocals with Skip 2 My Left on production, and the album is a throwback to a period of time that the artists are nostalgic for. A popular theme of the album is the passage of time and the fond remembrances of the past in relation to the present. The song 'Rap Dinosaur Remix', envisions Earleybird as an obsolete and endangered reptile, rapping fondly about vanishing hip-hop acts from his youth. He is joined only by two other rap artists on his album, Qn5's own Substantial, from Maryland, on the track 'My Fam', and Virginia's own D-VO on the optimistic track 'Best Wishes'. Earleybird represents his hometown on the song 'NoVA ShoNuff' and on the album closing 'Eden Fell' Earleybird waxes poetic about the times when elders used to tell stories instead of talking about 'boosting sales'. Over a beat that includes the sound of slamming prison doors, he references the fallen revolutionary Malcolm X, the imprisoned Leonard Peltier and the American Indian movement on the song, 'Alcatraz' and he also recognizes the violent death of revolutionaries Huey P. Newton and Gandhi on the song 'Bomb Gandhi'. Not one to focus on the topic of simple braggadocio, a majority of Earleybird's rhymes focus on wrestling with the meaning of life and the struggle of the underground artist to maintain integrity in today's capitalistic society. Skip 2 My Left uses a combination of loop-based samples and live guitar riffs to accentuate the rhymes of Earleybird and lay down atmospheres that range from funky and danceable to meditative and reflective. Using the mpc with the precision of a master, his beats retain the soul of the original songs that are sampled and also bring a new dimension forward. The way Earleybird reminisces fondly on the past is mirrored in the way Skip 2 My Left summons pieces of old recordings and reinvigorates them for the present. In whole, the album is a reflective piece about the struggle of an underground artist in today's vapid wasteland of disposable, empty pop music. Support underground rap and purchase this album.