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"Cymarshall Law -" Hip Hop in the Soul" album review"

85 out of 100

As the calendar flips to the forth quarter, record labels turn to putting cash in the coffers, and big named artists scramble to put product on the shelves. Amongst the shuffle, it often falls to the underground to put hip-hop in the soul. To that end, Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker arrive right on time with an album of infectious beats and passionate rhymes that embody it’s ambitious title.

Hip Hop In The Soul feels like college radio at 3am on a frigid winter night: an inspired buffet of hip-hop by and for heads with a burning devotion to the music in it’s purest form. Joeker’s beats combine the raw, chopped samples of
DJ Premier

with the ethereal filtered keys of
Jay Dee

, and the inviting warmth of early
Pete Rock

. Cymarshall devours the mic with the youthful vengeance that drew many of us to the music in the first place.

The sound of the project is best exemplified on the standout single, “Control,” with Cy delivering accessibly conscious Kweli-esque rhymes over stuttered drums and spacey keys on a track that manages to be both brooding and dynamic. The Teacha himself, KRS-One even lends a verse that reminds how potent the Blastmaster can still be over the right beat. Cy unleashes an over caffeinated dancehall flow over a hypnotic bed of deliciously off kilter keys on “They Gon Know,” and proves himself to be both an effective storyteller and hook writer over the horn driven bounce of “Out of the Rain.” - Okayplayer.com


"Cymarshall Law"

The overseas duo of Cymarshall Law, out of Jersey, and Mr. Joeker, out of Hungary, have more chemistry than most duos within the same city have. The beats of Mr. Joeker lace the 14 track LP and the fiery and youthful stylings of Cymarshall compliments the high tempo, emotional, and far from generic production. The blend is so good that in the midst of a jam packed fourth quarter, Hip Hop in the Soul is what remains in heavy rotation. It is rather a familiar listen, but the skills of Cy and Joeker make it more than enjoyable and give the listeners a treat to warm up with; a very likable record.

It is a big deal when you have KRS-One on the same album, in fact, it is one of the most ultimate cosigns an MC could receive. “Control” features the Blastmaster, and Cy doesn’t shy away even after Kris drops a rather passionate few bars. The production is tasteful, as it blends Oriental strings with hard hitting drum pattern and a flurry of sounds that only a great producer could emphasize. It is a team effort that we see once again on “Truth,” which features Supastition and Skit Slam. Not only do Cy and Joeker have chemistry amongst themselves, but, also with all of their comrades on the album. The joint is a mouthwatering dish of mid 90’s hip hop hunger at its finest and the same could be said for the rest of the album.

Joeker is heavy on the strings, but he certainly knows how to use them. “The Takeoff” matches Cy’s up-tempo and fierce flow through brilliantly placed vocal samples and symphony-esque strings. Lyrically, the Jersey MC is very skilled, but a slight flaw is found on “Out of the Rain.” As he attempts to get the story across, Cy gets entranced in the depth of it and goes a little off flow by forcing words into bars that can’t handle it. Once again, it’s a slight flaw, but it is small things like this that could make Cy a force to be reckoned with if these loose ends get tied up.

The moral of “Sticks and Stones” is understandable, but the chorus isn’t. In fact, it takes away from the rather haunting notion of the track, perhaps a sample of children singing the adage could add a flavour that would greatly enhance the darkness of the track. A similar feel is given on “I’m a MC,” where he goes on a simile and metaphor rampage. In hindsight, this approach does work, but it seems below the potential that Cy is capable of, especially when he delves deep into his heart on “Live While You Can.”

Both artists are very hard to hate on. Joeker has a respectable style that, although it isn’t necessarily unique, is done very well. He doesn’t run the risk of outshining the MC unless it is a really bad rapper and Cy isn’t that guy. Cy is loaded with talent, but the most exciting quality about him is his hunger. It shines throughout this entire project and his honesty and devotion for hip-hip is in his soul. This album hits the soul hard because it truly hits a familiar hip hop sound that has been lacking in the last little while; it’s soul food. - Kevinnottingham.com


"Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker"

Cymarshall Law and Mr. Joeker deliver a sound of soul, substance and originality. - Myspace.com


Discography

Everliven - Everlution Vinyl EP
Cymarshall Law - Hip Hop in the Flesh LP
Everliven Sound - Freedom LP
Cymarshall Law - Hip Hop in the Soul LP

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The best music always comes from the heart; it is honest and almost real enough for you to touch. Enter Cymarshall Law. Born on August 29th the same day as jazz great Charlie Parker and King of Pop Michael Jackson, Law has always taken this as a sign that he too could achieve greatness in life. When he was 9 his Jamaican parents moved his family from his birthplace in United Kingdom to the U.S. in order to give their children greater opportunities. Across the Atlantic is where Cymarshall would first meet and fall deeply in love with Hip-Hop.

Cymarshall has performed in many places across the United States and Europe making a name for himself as one of the best up and upcoming lyricist in the game as well a charismatic, energetic performer who never leaves a crowd unsatisfied. In 2003 Law won an Emcee Battle at Tower Records in Philadelphia judged by platinum selling recording artists The Black Eyed Peas and has previously and since shared stages with KRS-ONE, Smif-N-Wesson, Bootcamp Click, Sean P , Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Wordsworth , The Last Emperor , Jean Grae, Immortal Technique and a list of other talented emcees.

Cy's talents have brought him all over the world touring Europe several times and he was also one of the featured performers at Canada's 2006 DMC DJ battle Championship. Cy was also selected to be on the famous/legendary Vans Warped Tour and crowned an EOW (End of the Weak) MC Challenge Champion all in 2007. That same year Law got picked up by Rawkus Records to become one of the Rawkus 50 which Rawkus described as "the next most important artists in Hip-Hop." Since then in 2008 Cy has been a featured performer at Americas biggest Hip Hop Festival : Scribble Jam and in 2009 Law has done more touring in Europe going places like Sweden , Holland and Spain.

Cy has also received the Hip-Hop stamp of approval from the legendary Blastmaster himself, KRS-One, as Cy released "Control" f/KRS-ONE the first single from his debut LP, Hip Hop In The Soul, (Nov 2008), which was entirely produced by the next great Producer Mr. Joeker. Cy's Hip-Hop In The Soul was well received throughout the urban community, receiving rave reviews from Okayplayer.com, Kevinnottingham.com and was featured by esteemed outlets such as 2Dopeboyz.com, Artofrhyme.com, schememag.com, Thatshiphop.com, Myspace.com, Vimby.com and hiphopoffical.com. Cymarshall Law represents what many believe is missing from Hip-Hop today, story-telling, the ability to against the grain with originality ,style and a flavor uniquely all his own; Cymarshall Law was born to be a star.
The best music always comes from the heart; it is honest and almost real enough for you to touch. Enter Cymarshall Law. Born on August 29th the same day as jazz great Charlie Parker and King of Pop Michael Jackson, Law has always taken this as a sign that he too could achieve greatness in life. When he was 9 his Jamaican parents moved his family from his birthplace in United Kingdom to the U.S. in order to give their children greater opportunities. Across the Atlantic is where Cymarshall would first meet and fall deeply in love with Hip-Hop.

Cymarshall has performed in many places across the United States and Europe making a name for himself as one of the best up and upcoming lyricist in the game as well a charismatic, energetic performer who never leaves a crowd unsatisfied. In 2003 Law won an Emcee Battle at Tower Records in Philadelphia judged by platinum selling recording artists The Black Eyed Peas and has previously and since shared stages with KRS-ONE, Smif-N-Wesson, Bootcamp Click, Sean P , Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Wordsworth , The Last Emperor , Jean Grae, Immortal Technique and a list of other talented emcees.

Cy's talents have brought him all over the world touring Europe several times and he was also one of the featured performers at Canada's 2006 DMC DJ battle Championship. Cy was also selected to be on the famous/legendary Vans Warped Tour and crowned an EOW (End of the Weak) MC Challenge Champion all in 2007. That same year Law got picked up by Rawkus Records to become one of the Rawkus 50 which Rawkus described as "the next most important artists in Hip-Hop." Since then in 2008 Cy has been a featured performer at Americas biggest Hip Hop Festival : Scribble Jam and in 2009 Law has done more touring in Europe going places like Sweden , Holland and Spain.

Cy has also received the Hip-Hop stamp of approval from the legendary Blastmaster himself, KRS-One, as Cy released "Control" f/KRS-ONE the first single from his debut LP, Hip Hop In The Soul, (Nov 2008), which was entirely produced by the next great Producer Mr. Joeker. Cy's Hip-Hop In The Soul was well received throughout the urban community, receiving rave reviews from Okayplayer.com, Kevinnottingham.com and was featured by esteemed outlets such as 2Dopeboyz.com, Artofrhyme.com, schememag.com, Thatshiphop.com, Myspace.com, Vimby.com and hiphopoffical.com. Cymarshall Law represents what many be