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The Problem

by 7evenThirty & Gensu Dean

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Roach Spray 03:26
Verse 1: Raw rhyme, fuck your world this is all mine Earth taken over, your earth quaking and you niggas living on a fault line So on or offline, I’m all prime and you’re all lyin’ so fall down And cover your face, I’m a flash bomb If you’re on-looking, then you’re all blind Bitch niggas need to fall in line, you’re all dyin’ And you all same the same singin’ the same song all the time Gun in my mouth, borderline From blowing my brains out the back of my head Just tryin’ to forget that shit t you just said If ya system ain’t already up to the red, them my thoughts too big for ya head Caught within a pen and his pad Thoughts different, ridiculous Mad hatter with the grime, grittier filthy really Get your will written in advance And please pull up ya pant, I don’t want to see ya ass I wanna see some class Be foolish enough to ask what I’m thinkin’, you don’t wanna know me that bad Collateral damage, I’m haphazardly saving the day, I’m ass backwards On my craft, while mad rappers are transforming into bad actors Some of that wild crazy, bust ya shit open, run the hell over run-of-the-mills Some of them skills, someone’s gettin’ killed over this before the shit is over Hook: Who the type of nigga say they really want it Think they really got it, say they got a problem I don't really get it, really aught to quit it Time we get up in it, then we gotta finish And if you really with it, let me see your trigger finger to the ceiling Scream and holler when you get the feelin' Let a nigga know you really think he killin' this shit Verse 2: And then I sing a song of sixpence when I get to stick my pen in it And if it isn’t any incentive, then a nigga isn’t finna get with it And I can get so insensitive when a critic wants to put in his opinion Where it isn’t wanted, didn’t ask for it You can fold it up and shove it far as it’ll go As I proceed to bust a little flow and fold a bit of dough I got the scene up in a Figure 4 with no immediate intent of letting go So here’s when I’m finna run it down While everybody’s tryin’ to dumb it down, Immo be conjuring up another concoction Bubbling up from the underground, from out of my noggin Dangerous. A Gemini , with two twins fighting to the death over who’s the zaniest And them and I are too different So it’s only a certain amount of shit that you get to talk before you get sonned You gotta crawl before you can walk so that you can run when I pull the gun Think for a minute I’m recording just because I like the sound of my voice No I can’t stand it. Now let me know if this is something that you can’t manage Here’s a way to deal with The Problem One silver bullet with your name on it, one spin around in a revolver Press it to your head, take a chance on it Hook: credits
Off The Grid 01:29
Filthy Rich 03:37
The Problem 05:34


7evenThirty and Gensu Dean. Rapper and producer. Mello Music Group stalwarts and Jackson, Mississippi natives turned Dallas denizens. Their working together was fated, rooted in shared soil before it was written in indelible ink. With 7evenThirty's sophomore album, The Problem, the duo have committed their destined collaboration to wax, giving rap listeners an album that wrestles with the rapidly changing present and carves out a much-deserved space in the forever-uncertain future.

Though 7evenThirty's first solo effort, Heaven's Computer, was written as a semi-autobiographical sci-fi narrative, he's landed squarely on terra firma this time around. In fact, his previous interstellar retreat inward has resulted in an incisive outward gaze at his home planet. The city buildings might be crumbling, the bars and beats of other rappers and producers homogenized, but there's hope.

With his delivery sharper than ever, 7evenThirty is comfortable and confident no matter where Dean's snares and kicks hit. He moves in and out of double time with deceptive ease. Furthermore, his styles are markedly varied throughout, ranging from rigid and rapid fire ("Russian Revolver") to bouncy and playful ("Foot On the Ground").

Still, 7evenThirty's dexterity behind the mic doesn't supersede his thought provoking lyrics. Case in point, "Making of a Vigilante," which deftly outlines a scorned and vengeful woman's haunting and convoluted attempt to enact justice. 7evenThirty also tackles several other emotionally and sociologically rich topics. The perils and paranoia associated with our dependence on technology ("Off the Grid"), the problems facing the next generation ("Generation Why") -- amidst the rubble, he leaves no stone unturned.

Working with his preferred SP-1200, which only allows ten seconds of sample time, Gensu Dean has once again managed to modernize golden era aesthetics, crafting intricate and fluid beats through stringent composition. Favoring sonic diversity over claustrophobic cohesion, Dean's banging suites are perfectly tailored to 7evenThirty's wide-ranging subject matter. Wherever 7evenThirty goes Dean sidles up next to him, flipping lush soul ("Filthy Rich"), blues-rock ("The Problem"), Ukrainian pop ("Foot on the Ground"), and more.

The sole feature comes from venerated New York MC Sean Price on "Hook Heavy." Over Gensu Dean's menacing production, Price's gruff deadpan delivery proves the perfect counterpart for 7evenThirty's energetic and elastic wordplay.

With The Problem, 7evenThirty and Gensu Dean have cut all but the essential. The twelve tracks are clear and concise in execution, totaling slightly less than forty minutes. Not every question is answered, but the most important are explored. Listen closely for the answers.


released July 8, 2014

Vocals: 7evenThirty
Album Producer: Gensu Dean
Mixing & Master: Jimi Bowman
Art & Design: Marques Phillips
Executive Producer: Michael Tolle

Sounds Beautiful Like The Truth
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