Spear of the Nation s SpearItalk is a quest for knowledge of self. From understanding one s ancestry, spirituality, and destination, Nation s lyrics educate by uplifting listeners rather than talking down to them. It celebrates the movement of taking it back to where Zion I first started through conceptually driven songs that mix samples that illuminate the theme of the song with production that has its foundation in jazz. An MC who is dissatisfied with what has become the norm never shies away from being completely honest about the state of things. Brothers still got a problem with eye contact/yo they still got us on the front lines of Iraq ). Unlike the forceful rhetoric of N.W.A., Public Enemy, or KRS-1, Nation is subtle and easy going in his plea for change. His music doesn t conjure emotions of rebellion or angst but a thoughtful realization that the only way to create change in society is to change one s perceptions about it first. <L>By: Jason Kordich<L>JIVE Magazine Rating: 3.5 out of 5 --JIVE Magazine
Looks like a reggae artist, but it's hip-hop in the vein of THE COUP meets TALIB KWELI. --CJAM Music Review
By Joel Lawrence<L>
Album sequencing, sadly, is becoming a lost art, but there s poor sequencing and then there s egregious errors in perception. For instance, tucking the best beat on an album into a hidden track and then further deeming it worthy of just a couple tossed-off verses, must be lumped into this latter category. Strike one against Spear of the Nation s Spearitalk. To hide the punchy, neck snapping, horn laced beat of Spearitalk s hidden track behind the merely satisfactory album closer Eye s of the I is really a crime.
This is not say that the album doesn t have a few other head nods to offer in the beat department. The lush backing track for the album s first song Black Love? is abetted by a righteous That ain t right chorus from missing-in-action Wu-Tang songstress Tekitha (who actually appears on two tracks here). This is followed up by the sunny string stabs and hand claps of Brutha From Anutha Planet . Even Spearitalk s misguided attempt at a stomping club track, the somewhat generic Private Dancer , has its upside in furious cuts by DJ Icewater.
Unfortunately, the beats, bright as they may be in some places, can t save this album from its true downfall: Spear of the Nation s lack of lyrical variation. Listeners are served with a heaping portion of positive, uplift-the-nation raps, and not much else. Of course, it might seem harsh to criticize an MC for keeping his topics clean, particularly in the current creative climate when rap fans face an unending onslaught of slack rhymes and repetitive, ghettoized narratives. Politics and positivity do make a fine main course, but Spearitalk is in desperate need of some side dishes. --Impose Magazine
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Continuing to build on the foundation of Oakland's hip hop trinity Lunar Heights, emcee Spear of the Nation is dropping a solo hip hop album on Sept. 11th. What does this educator, foot soldier, and rap tycoon want to talk about? Production masterminds Aristotle the Great and DJ Icewater have mapped it out. Bay Area producer Aristotle the Great aka Aries has coined the term "Boom Slap." When you hear the music you'll know what he means.
NatAural High has dropped some hot albums and 12"s in the last few years. (Lunar Height's "Crescent Moon" Jern Eye's "Authentic Vintage" Omni's "Batterie" Bavu Blakes "Nobody Leavin" Spank Pops "Populate" and more) "Spearitalk" is right in line with all these releases as well as the sounds of other Bay area representers The Coup, Zion I, Lyrics Born, & Blackalicious.