Cuts For Luck And Scars For Freedom
It's been some time since a female MC has caused a stir. Mystic may be that new MC. I'm
referring to a female MC that has enough to say intelligently, that people
might get up and take notice. Mystic's
Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom
is an ode to life, a celebration of freedom. Along with the celebratory feel of
some of the tracks, real life conflicts are discussed in a refreshing manner. A
bonus for Mystic is she is working
with a well respected female MC: Bahamadia.
Ghetto Bird is a somber track about police control and law enforcement in the ghetto. No better line then creeping through your window. Neptune's Jewels is hot a track about the love of Mystic's life and what she would do for him. The Gottas is another tight track, with beautiful production. Just like the title implies, Mystic waxes poetic about the must haves in life whether they be good/bad. A song entitled The Life is produced by A-plus of Heiroglyphics fame, and it's obvious. It is a celebration of life and all of its hardships and successes, definite single material. The melodic Once a week is another example of the excellent production, and tight lyrical content that is evident on the album. Mystic is also an accomplished singer. Her voice is soulful, but at times brings the album to a standstill. Forever and a Day is a fine example of that. Planet Asia makes an appearance on the big up track to Cali called W.
But the biggest complaint of this album will probably stem from the spoken word and slower final tracks. Not the same as everything else out there, but if you're looking for the turn that hip hop needs to take; look no further.