Whether you were sucked into the sounds of the ghetto blaster or were that guy who carried your player around town like Radio Raheem, the boombox is an essential piece of hip hop culture. But in the age of iPods and SiriusXM, has this technology become obsolete? Alas, L.E.O and Carnage provide solace for those who still carry those 20 D Energizers with them. The Boombox Theatre, with all of its throwback and boom bap heavy glory, is evidence that the 90's East Coast sounds is just as prevalent as it was during the Golden Era.
Whereas Loves Equals Omnipitance lays the lyrical foundation, the always nice Carnage provides a handful of horn heavy and rock based samples that will satisfy the tastes of all rap heads. With tracks like the cunning "The Clean Sweep" and the George Carlin sampled "Home," Boombox favours head nodding, storytelling experiences over the overhyped, paint by numbers "turnt up" style project that's taken over rap music. It's self reflective and personal; an album that takes the good with the bad in order to create a cohesive journey without coming across as too preachy. Go ahead and give the tracks and listen--just make sure to show L.E.O and Carnage some love and pick up the entire album.
L.E.O & Carnage
The Boombox Theatre
- March 10th, 2014