Underground rapper DL Incognito, a Juno-nominee whoâ€™s been in the biz for ten years, just dropped his fourth record, â€œA Captured Moment in Time,â€ on his own Nine Planets label.
Canada, like Britain, has never really mastered the rap game (K-Os is the exception, and Kardinal Offishall isnâ€™t bad but isnâ€™t great), so itâ€™s especially remarkable that such a fantastic album has emerged from the region. The verses are similar to Talib or Common, focusing on philosophy and relationships instead of drugs and bling. (â€œI had two chicks/time not well investedâ€ he says on â€œFresh to Death,â€ lamenting misspent youth.) And just when he starts to get a little too obtuse, Theology 3â€™s guest shot arrives on â€œAtmosphereâ€â€”â€œspitting raw butaneâ€ from â€œthe top of the Wu Tang,â€ and name-dropping Boot Camp Clikâ€”which brings it all back down to earth.
DL Incognitoâ€™s skill as a lyricist is matched by his production chops. Most of the tracks lie on fairly simple beds, but the Neptunes have proven that simple doesnâ€™t mean boring. â€œGrand Scaleâ€ has the bombast of its title, between the horn section and the creeping gangsta-style bassline. On the other hand, â€œFresh to Deathâ€ has a sunny, upbeat trumpet-driven beat thatâ€™s perfect for a fast car ride.
This is a solid release that deserves your ears and your support.