December 09, 2021

Qwel & Meaty Ogre - Freezer Burner (2006)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label Number: G4CD0040

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The second installment in Qwel's four seasons album series sees the Chicago MC tackling societal ills over producer Meaty Ogre's bleary noir soundscapes. Freezer Burner is an appropriate title for these 16 tracks, which frequently recall junior versions of RJD2 and Aesop RockQwel doesn't alter his flow much, but that's hardly a criticism, as his sometimes monotonous vocal styling shifts trancelike around Meaty Ogre's thudding beats and fuzzy samples. Christian themes permeate many of the raps, though it's difficult to decipher Qwel's targets from his beliefs. Loneliness, desperation, and ultimately salvation appear as repeated subject matter. There's a sense that both artists are still perfecting their trades, and many tracks give off demo vibes, but there's enough variation and conviction on display to suggest greater things to come.

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