Portrait of a Struggle
When you speak of struggle, you think of hardships, pitfalls, setbacks, and all of the above . But when you mix streetwise beats along with thought provoking poetry, you get the latest installment from the premier local & unsigned artist & 109 Entertainment's own Reggie Rymes.The album Portrait of a Struggle speaks of ones own journey threw the past & where one could go with the proper decisions made.The album is reminiscent of the Tru school hip hop we all know & remember it as....pure, unadulterated, honest, & in your face. A Raleigh,NC native by way of Charlotte, this album has been long overdue for this shining star.As with the only 2 guest on the album Solrac&V.I. they all trade verses exceptionally well on'Speedballin' which is a tale of similar friends whose lives were cut short too soon by living life recklessly.'No Surprise'finds it's strength speaking on false friends,as 'Listen to Me' speaks on the artist's plight to be heard, appreciated,&respected.As for '4 Minutes' you get a sense of the artist's thoughts on wanting to help others 'think precise & act rite' as well as keeping himself inline.Also with driving guitar leads samples of 'meeting you on the corner' the choice cut 'Race for Survival' paints the listener the vivid picture of urban life as only we know it.... unfair,uncertain,and always a race to see another alive'.Hell truly hath no fury like a scorned black man's theory'as Rymes spoke on the gem'what you don't do', but the finale of the album & soon to be classic ''Murda at the Oprea'PT1 will constantly stick in the listener's minds to honestly keep them guesting on what's going to happen next?.As for the avid,diehard hip hop fan this album is a must have for ones collection,& who knows maybe all the struggling this artist has done in times past will soon one day pay off...