Album Review: Reks "Straight No Chaser" (2012)

April 23, 2012 1 min read


Reks' new album produced entirely by Statik Selektah is exactly what the title implies, Straight, No Chaser.  Symbolizing downing hard liquor without anything sweet to sugarcoat the taste, raw unfiltered and straight to the point.  Boston native, Corey Christie, better known as Reks executes an elite level of lyricism infiltrating Selektah's (Spell his name right) beats with tightly personal subject matter, placing the magnifying lens on heavy topics such as unplanned pregnancy, impoverished conditions, internal conflict, street life awareness and his personal life.

Even from Reks' ascension into the music industry, "Straight, No Chaser" still insinuates he is still in the trenches on the basis of the ideal of how art imitates life and life imitates art.  On the mic Mr. Christie is no slouch, weaving internal rhymes and a smooth jazzy flow that compliment Statik Selektah's production with a level of chemistry a college science professor would be jealous of.  The subject matter is nothing innovative still tackling the same topics that have been beaten on a dead horse by an ill advised equestrian, but the heart and passion is present, which is what makes this a refreshing listen.  

All in all this is dope.  Point blank.  Dope rhymes and dope beats. Can't go wrong there...   

Written By Scott Kebo

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