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1 January, 1997@12:00 am
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The Living Legends crew has become synonymous for placing prevalence on innovation, and Eligh is the embodiment of that movement. An against the grain emcee/producer, Eligh’s production, much like his first two offerings, is stripped to the barest of essentials. A master minimalist, Eligh’s tracks take quick turns stylistically, but his most impressive attribute remains firmly entrenched in his ability to integrate a variety of instruments into his abstract soundscapes, without them sounding muddled. With Gas Dream Eligh is at a crossroads artistically, as he is torn between the joy of making music in his basement to appease his creative urges, while simultaneously having too deal with hip-hop’s industry politics. Its evident Eligh realizes that his self-enlightening messages often fall upon caustically deaf ears, which he reveals on “What You Receive”. Eligh breaks down the masquerading element incessantly with “Actors Have No Friends”, and “Gas Dreamers Intro”, both of which center on exposing the individuals/corporations whose interest in hip-hop evolves strictly around financial gain.

While Eligh’s LP’s are at times a laborious listen, there are a few crucial momentum boosters, the dense “A Lesson Garden” feat. an introspective Del detailing his growth process, and “Soul-Man ” featuring the under-appreciated lyricism of Pep Love, and fellow Living Legend Grouch. Eligh’s open mic night poetics are not for the casual listener, as you need time, and an open mind too truly reap the benefits of this slept-on talent.

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