The King of Maine released an album a pair weeks ago and the difficult copy hit shelves worldwide last Friday. For those of you who are unfamiliar via him, he goes by the name of Spose (genuine name Ryan Peters) and he is hands down the biggest emcee to come out of the easternmost, northernthe majority of state (and a die-tough Celtics fan). That might not sound all that impressive at initially, however Spose has actually actually been among the even more original and under appreciated artists in all of hip-hop for the last few years.
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He prospered up in Wells, Maine and started rapping in the 8th grade however didn’t begin to pursue it as a career till he graduated from high college in 2004. In 2008, he released his dehowever album “Preposterously Dank”, which consists of my all-time favorite Spose song, “God Damn”. I actually didn’t hear about Spose until his hit single “I’m Awesome” in 2010, but I automatically jumped on the bandwagon and also caught up on all of his previous material. “I’m Awesome” (his biggest song yet and also the one that catapulted his career) drew me in bereason of it’s hilarious mockery of mainstream hip hop. For those of you who still listen to the radio, you know that 90% of well-known rappers think that world treatment just how much money they make or how nice their car is. Spose is for the rap fans who are just just interested in hearing top quality music and couldn’t care much less about what brand of clothing their favorite rapper wears or what kind of overpriced liquor they choose to drink. In “I’m Awesome”, instead of bragging about material things, he “brags” around being mediocre by exaggerating his flaws with clever lines like “Find me whipped by my wifey/ My neck’s not icy/ Eating at McDonald’s bereason Subway’s pricey”. As a fairly idealistic rap fan, songs prefer this one and “We Hate Money” (additionally released in 2010), which is basically an anthem for damaged world, were prefer a breath of fresh air. Of course I was likewise intrigued by the fact that tbelow was actually someone from Maine that was making a living as a rapper. I ongoing to be an avid fan of Spizzy through the release of his second and also 3rd albums, “Happy Medium” and also “The Audacity!” and his mixtapes, “We Smoked It All”, We Smoked It All, Vol. 2″, The Peter Sparker Mixtape”, and “Dankonia”, where he ongoing to screen his honesty and portray himself as a shamelessly average man that happens to have actually superb rhyming skills.
The funny point about a lot of underground rap artists, particularly someone as humble as Spose, is that the overwhelming majority of people that listen to materialistic mainstream hip-hop can relate to the lyrics of someone prefer Spose or Slug from Atmosphere or Geologic from Blue Scholars much more than they can relate to the lyrics of Rick Ross or 2 Chainz. I guess they simply like to escape from reality and pretend that they’re filthy rich and they spfinish every night at a sexpedition club throwing money approximately. Spose doesn’t escape from reality, he embraces it and also he faces it head on. He knows that the variety of people struggling to make ends fulfill much outweighs the variety of civilization that can afford to drop half a million dollars to put diamonds in their teeth. He additionally probably understands that anyone who isn’t a self-took in asshole would have actually absolutely no interest in putting diamonds in their teeth also if they had half a million dollars to carry out so bereason it looks ridiculous. Don’t gain me wrong, I thoaround reap getting rowdy to some Waka Flocka or Chief Keef after a couple of beers via my boys and also among my all-time favorite rappers is Lil Wayne (pre-2009), however there’s a time and also area for whatever. If you ever desire to sit ago through some headphones and also actually listen to some music, Spose renders songs that regular human being deserve to relate to and also, in some situations, benefit from.
His the majority of recent project is no exemption. The album is titled “Why Am I So Happy?” and it is absolutely his best job-related yet.
First, some background on the album. Back in October of last year, Spose and his crew were on tour in St. Louis once their tour van was robbed. Everypoint you have to know about what happened is in this tweet that Spose created quickly after the event.
So, our tour van was just robbed roughly 12:30 pm now in St. Louis in wide daylight external of Pappy’s Smokehouse. We lost everything. Multiple laptop computers, all our musical devices, my canon 5d mark ii video camera and lenses, whatever I use to record my music, my mic, my apogee duet, my ipad, apparel, phones, my friend GodDamnChan lost eexceptionally beat he’s ever before made, all my external difficult drives containing all the music I had created my next album(s). We filed a police report and also changed passwords and dubbed State Farm but nothing deserve to rearea what we shed. We were in the restaurant for 30 minutes. And they essentially took my task, all the work-related I had done for the previous 2 years building approximately 2015. Gone. There’s no amount of likes or comments that’ll carry anypoint ago, I simply wanted to let the human being who robbed us recognize FUCK YOU and also let our fans recognize I’ll be perdeveloping the next few reflects via restricted resources on this tour (and I will certainly be a tiny late to the present tonight). So please understand I typically would have actually a much more organized set than whatever before I’ll have to scrounge together below on my method to Kansas. I’m done with St Louis, if you wanna check out me percreate later concerned Chicago or something cuz St Louis is dead to me. Just took all the occupational I had to done to assistance and also feed my family members in 2015 ameans from me.
If you know me, however, you understand I’m not all doom and gimpend and pessimistic. So, I would be remiss to not suggest out that my family members is safe, nobody acquired hurt, I am healthy and balanced, I’ve lived a good, fairly painful, calm life and the sun is still shining. BUT SERIOUSLY FUCK WHOEVER STOLE MY SHIT!!!
Lawrence, Kansas tonight at the Grenada via MC Chris and also MC Lars.
– Ryan / Spose
Obviously this was a significant setearlier for Spose and his crew, yet the support of his loyal fans helped to get him back on track thanks to a GoFundMe page set up by Adam Fishguy, head of the official Spose fan network-related, Spose Military. He collection out a goal to raise $15,000 and completed that goal in just a day.
Of course that doesn’t replace every one of the work-related that was lost, however Spose totally re-did the totality album (minus a pair songs) and also, to his crmodify, was able to produce a masterpiece. Spose is among the few emcees that documents over live instrumentation, and he and also his band also are on point via this job. There’s a fair amount of alternative rock had too, and also not simply in the song “Alterindigenous Radio”. Many importantly, Spose continues to be the funny, down-to-earth misfit that he’s always been and at age 29 his punchlines, shipment, circulation, and lyrical content are without a doubt the finest they’ve ever been.
I was curious as to which songs, if any kind of, were recorded before the van robbery so I recently contacted Adam Fishmale in really hopes that he can find a solution for me. He contacted Spose and was able to acquire me an answer:
Features on the album include extremely acclaimed rappers Wax and also Watskies, and miscellaneous absurdly talented musicians from Maine who you most likely haven’t heard of.
Here is evaluation of each track consisting of my favorite line:
1.) Prologue: Work In Progress (feat. KGFREEZE)
KGFREEZE is just one of those talented artists from Maine that I was talking about. His name is Kyle Gervais, he’s from Portland, and he performs Rock, Pop, & R&B. His 27 second intro to the album is efficient in setting the premise for the story that Spose is around to tell. Anyone who lis10s to Spose knows that he’s an optimist and he’s presented it in his lyrics (see “Knocking On Wood”) and also KGFREEZE tasks that very same mind collection in this prologue.
“I’m a work-related in progression, I can just work-related foreverI understand the sunlight is shining behind this cloudy weather”
2.) Happy Right Now (feat. Renee Coolbrith)
Spose’s opening verse on the album is nothing short of genius. He starts by saying “Let’s talk about the shit that we don’t talk about” and also goes on to tackle the problem of lies pertaining to history and lies that are offered to us in the media and also in pop society. He intertwines these two realities by describing historical events but using words that recommendation today’s pop culture. His following 2 verses are strong also and also he proceeds to reveal truths around society by making use of clever before word play. Renee Coolbrith, one more artist from Portland also, contributes to the hook which is perfectly executed and is reliable in acquiring you excited to listen to the remainder of the album.
“Bodies floating through the jellyfish (He can be alive), quick, poke him via the selfie stickFor that long we read the map wrong, background lies prefer a rap song”
3.) Feel Alappropriate (feat. Kristina Kentigian)
“Feel Alright” is a nice laid back, feel good track in which Spose spits 4 verses around being happy no matter your present case. The hook is sung by yet another Portland also aboriginal, Kristina Kentigian. The outro includes an innovative analogy that that I won’t go into information around so the listener have the right to have actually the satisfaction of deciphering it on their very own.
“People live their totality life in the rat raceQuick paced, never before obtain the cheese, come in last place”
4.) Lies Track (feat. Wax & Shane Reis)
As the title states, this song is complete of lies. A few of them are funny and also some of them are a small fucked up (however still pretty funny). Spose killed it as constantly however Wax had the most impressive verse on this song. The fourth verse came from a Portland rapper named Shane Reis, that is certainly worth a search on youtube.
“Fat people look awesome in SpandexNobody’s ever obtained killed by Aaron Hernandez” – Spose
“The people in charge are all anti-warThe economy’s run by the disenfranchised poor” – Wax
“I’m public via my personalIt doesn’t bug me as soon as human being rhyme “hearse” through “verse” and also then act versatile” – Shane Reis
5.) Greatest Shit Ever
This is basically the Typical Joe’s version of Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day”. Only instead of seeing a blimp that read “Spose is a pimp”, Spizzy is simply happy that there isn’t a raccoon in his trash can. The hook (“watch I’m generally broke however today man I just acquired paid”) provides it the ultimate payday anthem.
“No mosquitoes once I’m sittin on the lawnAincredibly Bradley game winner on LeBron” (being a Boston Sports blog, I felt obligated to select this one)
6.) Thanks Obama (feat. Lyle & Phil Divinsky)
This song is downbest hilarious. Spose takes a expression that has actually been made well known by Obama movie critics and also turned right into a things of satire for civilization to make fun of movie critics of Obama that use him as a scapegoat. He blames every little thing on Obama, from blowing every one of his money at the bar to obtaining gonorrhea from a prostitute.
“Man I must be a rap star, it ain’t up for debateBut I’m never before functioning on music, constantly taking a breakAnd I don’t gain why I’m not as famous as DrakeI have actually twelve followers, many thanks Obama”
On a major note, Spose tackles issues such as residential violence and also son abuse through some tough hitting stories.
“Tonight her victim had a Miller on his breathPlayed a villain, didn’t understand the killer on his deck”
8.) Little Different / Obituary (feat. KGFREEZE)
In this song Spose talks around being the “parallelogram that didn’t fit into the circle”. In various other words he’s constantly felt a small various, yet he’s proud of that. He starts the song by saying, “I was too rap for my rock friends and also as well rock for my rap friends earlier then” which is funny bereason this song is a perfect blend of both rock and also rap. KGFREEZE renders his second appearance on the album in the second percent of the song referred to as “Obituary”, which plays off of the same idea of being various. He starts his verse by saying “hang me if I’m ordinary, go compose my obituary.”
“I was undefined like the slope of a vertical lineI’m that they wondered about as soon as they heard he can rhyme” – Spose
“I simply desire to be remembered as that spark, that burning ember” – KGFREEZE
9.) Kanye Go (feat. Dave Gutter)
This song more than likely has the a lot of radio potential of any kind of on the album, however it’s still lyrical. The principle for the hook is quite artistic and also contains a sample of Rick Ross, Jay-Z, and also Kanye West all doing their signature ad libs in addition to vocals from Dave Gutter. Gutter is from Gorham, Maine and was formerly a member of a pair famous bands by the name of Rustic Overtones and Paranoid Social Club. His catchy hook draws you in as execute Spose’s truthful lyrics around his humble starts.
“I think I made a distinction through the mic nowI’m making suicidal children put the knife down”
10.) Work In Progress (feat. Shane Reis)
This is a extension of KGFREEZE’s prologue, with Spose and also Shane Reis singing the lyrics rather of Kyle Gervais. The 2 Maine emcees additionally each spit one exceptional verse.
“I’m a bright spark in a dark room, I’ll persevere, that’s how I’m builtI won’t wait, I will certainly work till I’m excellent, I made even more mistakes than my grammy made quilts” – Spose
“They told me we work-related in the cold and the snow and also the rain, welpertained to MaineFresh out of grade twelve, not acquiring phelp well, walking on eggshells” – Shane Reis
11.) The G.O.A.T.
A couple weeks earlier Spose provided his fans the chance to ask him anypoint on Facebook. One fan asked him what his favorite song on the album was, and to my surpclimb he shelp “The G.O.A.T.”. I guess the just factor I was surprised was bereason it’s not exactly among the more severe tracks on the album, yet it’s definitely fun to listen to. Spose’s reasoning for picking this one as his favorite was the truth that he had actually just changed residence to Maine from a nationwide tour and also he felt prefer a champion while he was recording it.
“Now world I admire wanna pound it upI’m gonna die nasty, better sound the gong Turning letters right into numbers like Algebra While I’m chasing cheese like I’m Algernon”
12.) Why Am I So Happy? (feat. Renee Coolbrith)
The realest song on the album (and also one of the realest Spose has actually ever written) and the ideal beat on the album. He puts points right into perspective by comparing the comfortable resides of himself and others to the resides of world in third people nations. Renee Coolbrith renders one more appearance, displaying her phenomenal voice on the hook. Lines favor this opening one are reminders to never before take anypoint for granted: “You have to check out these Nike SB’s that I copped digital, turned the AC on and I composed a hot rhyme. The girl that made my sneakers sobbin all the moment, Indonesian sweat shop making pennies and she’s nine.”
“I witnessed a tweet a girl wroteIt said, “I hate institution, I’d quite skip it, party, take body shots, and break rules”School girl obtained her body swarm by the TalibanWomen die to be educated out in Pakistan”
13.) Alteraboriginal Radio
Spose has actually always been a large fan of alternative music and in this song he talks around exactly how it “conserved his life.” He referrals instances that he had actually to endure as a son and also exactly how he offered alternate music to escape from fact. He renders various band references consisting of Nirvana and also Weezer. This is absolutely the a lot of rock sounding song on the album.
“I never before quit getting lit prefer my very own worst enemyEddie Vedder-y flannels til I’m seventyAnd currently i’m an aging fool, I played in schoolBut rage and also tool made me cool”
14.) Nobody (feat. Watsky)
This is my personal favorite. Fans of both Spose and Watsky have been asking for a participation from these two for a while now and also it wasn’t a disappointment. This is among those songs that renders you feel favor you can achieve anything. Listening to Spose talk around how he went from being nobody to being offered out on steras is definitely inspiring, and also you can feel Watsky’s excitement to have lastly done a song with Spizzy. He ends his verse by shouting out the Wells aboriginal and also making a referral to Maine. “You deserve to bring the lobster, me and also Spose will certainly lug the pain, it’s Watskies and also the fucking King of Maine!” The hook samples “Nobody” by Chicback band “The Right Now”.
“The method I bring a mic, I’m gonna end up with some flowers on my interment siteI’m still relocating, ascfinishing on my aerial flightBreaking eextremely radio, shattering stereotypes” – Spose
“It takes smart selections and also dumb luckThat’s why there’s billionaire dumbfucksGeniuses driving dump trucksSuckers via Lexuses, specialists that won’t make one buck” – Watsky
15.) Good and also You? (Bonus Track)
I never recognize what to mean through bonus tracks yet this one is just as great as the remainder of the album. Spose finishes this job solid as his rhymes are as tight as ever in this track.
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“If you, if you, if you, if you favor resting at nightThen you more than likely couldn’t even eat a item of the lifeSo break weed and also take heed of my beleaguered adviceCause I’m the pilot and the passenger, the beacon of light”
All in all I’d say this is conveniently among the height three albums in hip-hop this year. Obviously not everyone is going to agree, but once you take into consideration the authenticity of Spose’s lyrics and the reality that he documents through a live band, it’s tough to think of an extra organic job that has actually been released recently. Spose may not be signed to a major label and he may not be among the many famed, very marketed, well-payed rappers, but the high quality of his music alone had the ability to propel this album to #9 on the iTunes charts after it was released.