Rob Run

South Rituals

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Kentucky would seem like an unlikely place to launch a rap career from, but after Nappy Roots came out of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green with their thick country rap sound, followed closely by the more traditional-sounding Dirty 38, from Louisville, it doesn't seem like such a far-fetched notion. Which brings up South Rituals, a collection of tracks from Rob Run's Kentucky-based Most Hated Records label. These guys are giving it the old Kentucky try, and the mid-tempo beats on these cuts, tempered by occasional synth lines and strategically placed piano progressions, have a certain engaging simplicity to them, but unfortunately the raps are pretty ordinary, with only a couple (Rob Run's "Soldiers Ball" and DJ Byrd's "I'm a KY Boy") really going anywhere. Which is too bad, since there is obviously some creative energy running through this project. Either way, Kentucky is on the board.

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