The Prelude finds Dres showcasing his extraordinary skills without appearing to break a sweat. He manages to sound effortless while walking a lyrical tightrope - wielding his uniquely bouncy flow while addressing serious, deeply thought-out issues. Dres, one of the most experienced and insightful voices in hip-hop today, is using the album as a means of communicating what he believes the meaning of hip-hop truly is. "I once heard a poet say that 'hip hop backward is 'pih poh (people)'- the way I see it, many artists are a lot more hip-hop than they ever realized. I would dare to say that any artist over time, regardless of genre, that makes music for the 'pih poh'... is hip-hop". This type of inclusive, outside the box thinking is a hallmark of Black Sheep's music and is very much on display on From The Black Pool of Genius.
"Forever Luvlee" showcases Dres' unmistakable flow, proving, yet again, that although he is one of hip-hop's originators he has yet to loose a step. Different from some of Black Sheep's earlier records, this track has a distinct smoothness that represents growth and maturity in production and recording. The title would have the listener thinking it is a hip-hop love ballad, but the track is far from it. When asked what the message behind the song was Dres had this to say, "Don't put things before people, keep God in your heart always (whatever you call him). Try to find balance in these chaotic days - be Luvlee". The lyrics speak to Dres's "essence of his presence" staying "Forever Luvlee" in a world of ice and bubbly. The lyrics are clever and ironic and let the listener know that regardless of the success he has experienced, it hasn't changed who he is, as he raps, "I like hot sauce on all I eat, my Kool-Aid too sweet... "
"Doin' It Wrong" is another demonstration of Dres' exceptional flow and lyrical finesse as he declares "I'm a one man Beatles, I be the Rolling Stone". When asked about the inspiration behind the song Dres explained, "The present state of mainstream hip-hop is the inspiration. It seems to me that the music has lost its concern for the world and people, and overtly speaks almost exclusively of the baubles of life and state of mind". Combining thought-provoking lyrics, a masterfully soul-inspired beat courtesy of the upcoming Urban Soul Music Group, and catchy hook.
As for the title of the album, Dres explains that, "'Black Pool' doesn’t refer to black people. It refers to the color black's unique ability to absorb light. This deep, vast pool of soul, of artistic insight; although it's not always understood, the light it reflects back to the 'pih-poh' is necessary".
Watch out for From The Black Pool of Genius: The Prelude on December 1st, and From The Black Pool of Genius full length in Spring 2010.
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