Sho Baraka – The Narrative
Label: Fair Trade/Columbia
Release date: October 21, 2016
Catalog number: B01LXE4D7V
If you’re looking for fun, “turn up” youth group music, The Narrative is not for you.
The Narrative is a bag of trail mix, consisting of a blended assortment of sweet and salty treats. Sho speaks on the narrative of his origin story, his faith, love and fatherhood, while addressing the issues of social injustice, politics, poverty and the complex issues of American history. Its texture is both smooth and ridged. Delivering live instrumentation of horns, drums, guitar and keys, with the balance of lyricism and mature content. The Narrative whets the appetite of listeners who have been longing for hip hop to act its age. Fusing the sounds of soul, jazz and gospel, Sho breathes life into The Narrative, by rewriting the narrative and telling a story of his influence and the people who have influenced him.
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-Mikaela McIntosh, wadeoradio.com