R.A.P. Ferreira – “The Light Emitting Diamond Cutter Scriptures” review

This is the 7th full-length album from Kenosha emcee/producer R.A.P. Ferreira. Coming up as 1/3 of Nom de Rap, he eventually broke out solo in 2011 off his debut mixtape I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here & followed it up with 2 more tapes before dropping his full-length debut A Toothpaste Suburb in the fall of 2014. However, it wasn’t until the Kenny Segal-produced sophomore effort So the Flies Don’t Come where Ferreira would come onto my radar. He’s dropped 3 more albums since then with the latest one being Bob’s Son: R.A.P. Ferreira in the Garden Level Cafe of the Scallops Hotel this past New Year’s Day, but is ending the year by dropping The Light Emitting Diamond Cutter Scriptures.

“contrapuntal” is a moody opener talking about another long day for lone wolf & cub whereas “brother mouzone library card” speaks on his metamorphoses accompanied by a lo-fi instrumental. “hyperion” takes a spacey boom bap route talking about fucking the antennas, but then “wedding cake 8ths” dissonantly details splitting weed on a first date with a nemesis.

Meanwhile on “humboldt park jibaritos” we have Ferreira on top of a jazzy beat talking about how it’s all about the feeling than the wording leading into the mellow “gemilut hassadim” proclaiming that art is part of being alive. ELDON tags along for “Blackmissionfigs” which once again goes a into a more lo-fi direction talking about rapping forever just before “east nashville” goes into a more cavernous direction saying he’ll never quit.

The song “Praise & Worship” has a bleak, boom bap tone to it comparing himself to Black Orpheus while the penultimate track “uptown 37” brings in a dramatic tone to the instrumental vowing to be gorgeous & homeless. As for “hot bref”, it closes out the album on a smokier note by talking about having God in him.

Even though Bob’s Son was a great tribute to the late Bob Kaufmann, I’d have to say The Light Emitting Diamond Cutter Scriptures is a little bit more consistent in comparison. It’s really cool to see him showcasing the talents of all these unknown, up-&-coming producers while attaching his poetically unique style to their beats.

Score: 4/5

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