A Different Mirror
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The first artist in the Rhymesayers Spotlight Series. Best known as opening act and hype man for Brother Ali, Toki is not only a well-established emcee, but he's one of the hardest working community activists in the Twin Cities. With numerous accolades and a tour history that has taken him from NY to Uganda, Toki is ready to take his next step with this release. Features Brother Ali, Scarub (Living Legends), I Self Devine, Felipe Cuauhtli (Los Nativos), St. Paul Slim, and Trama.
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My favorite track is, 'Devil's Advocate,' just for it's entertainment value. His voice is soothing reminding me of Mos Def but more challenging.
The track, 'Good,' is nice to be a first song of my day. Mandi's vocals put a smile on my face.
The title track, 'A Different Mirror,' sends a timely message. "In this cursed last of centuries if you've forgotten read your shirt tag and what percent is cotton?"..."After fighting border-countries' freedom overseas I returned to burning crosses, fire hoses, and police. It was cool for me to risk my life to fight the Reich and go and shoot but I can't feed my pregnant wife or go inside the voting booth." His lyrics are on a different level here. I think the message has to do with the critical time we live in. "Know your history."
I Self Devine is a nice addition to the song, 'Rise.' There's definately a timely feeling. "What goes up, must come down."
It's simply a great intro to what follows, 'State of Emergency.' It shows how much potential he has in the game & includes a nice breakdown for the last 45 secs.
The beat in 'Truth or Dare' is amazing. I can relax to this.
And he's got friends in Brother Ali on 'The Feeling.' His flows are versatile. I will be waiting for more albums to come.