Soulism

Soulism

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In rap circles, the Southeastern U.S. (especially Florida, but parts of Georgia as well) is best known for "bass music" -- fast-tempo, hyper acts like the 2 Live Crew & Luther Campbell, 95 South and Afro-Rican. But it's important to stress that the Southeast has given us quite a few rappers who don't fall in the bass category, and in 1996, Macon, Georgia group Soulism showed no bass influence whatsoever on this decent CD. Soulism favors slow tempos, and their melodic, sleek and very R&B-minded tracks aren't unlike those of West Coast MCs. Some of the boasting songs are pretty routine, but most of the material is impressive. When Soulism reminisces about childhood on "Turn Back the Clock," describe the challenges of poverty on "Flat Broke," and examines the crime plaguing their Macon neighborhood on "That's How It Be," it's clear that they can be very substantial lyricists.

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