3 September, 2010@6:18 am
With his sophomore LP Everything Changed Nothing, West Covina native Trek Life embraces the phrase ‘life goes on’. The album is an ode to the reality that no matter what changes occur in one persons’ life, the world still turns and other lives are still lead. With an LP produced entirely by renowned beatsmith Oddisee, Trek Life attempts to bring listeners to his window for peek into how his world turns.
Everything Changed Nothing succeeds, in part, because of it’s simplicity. It features one emcee with one producer, discussing topics that every person can relate to. Trek Life never attempts to be something that he’s not. He’s not gangster or a trapster, but a self described guy from the suburbs that wants to talk about his piece of Los Angeles. As Trek Life himself admitted, Everything Changed Nothing is a personal LP and the honesty of his words resonates through the entire album. His honesty manifests itself in the fantastic “Ready To Live”, a soulful track which finds Trek Life telling listeners to grab the bull by the horns and live life to the fullest. The track starts the album off on a positive high note, shining as bright as the LA sunshine. Tracks such as “Still Never Rains”, “As The World Turns”, “I’d Rather Be” and the title track “Everything Changed Nothing”, are all enjoyable tracks follow the same format with Trek Life discussing love, life and specifically life in southern California.
As an emcee, Trek Life of course has to drop some battle verses and does so well, specifically on the dope “What It Is”, which finds him running hard on a gritty Oddisee banger. “So Supreme” also satisfies, while tracks such as “Jump Out There” and “Due West” further display Oddisee’s prowess. Speaking of production Everything Changed Nothing lives up to the hype.Oddisee provides a nice collection of tracks featuring soulful samples, but also creates an awesome set of keyed tracks that bring their own flavor. The bouncy “Wow” comes almost out of nowhere and gets the head nodding as it kicks in.The standout track “So LA” kills, with it’s nasty production features a very comfortable Trek Life talking all things LA. Guaranteed satisfaction.
Everything Changed Nothing is a truly enjoyable release, both with it’s magnificent production and content. Trek Life is definitely an emcee to keep an eye on. The album is also a fine example of how universal hip-hop has become, as it is a record that anyone can relate to, no matter where they are from.
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