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Feb
01
Poe Picasso @ Sultana Lounge

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Jan
31
Poe Picasso @ Sputnik Lounge

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Jan
25
Poe Picasso @ Fort Greene Loft

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Exhibit A: The Real Hip-Hop Project isn’t a mixtape, but rather exactly what the title implies, which is a “Project”. Consisting of 16 tracks from front to back and guest appearances from Lights Out, Influence & Problem this is a solid release from Poe Picasso. The project kicks off with a recognizable 9th wonder sample titled “Goodevening Folks”, in this track Lights Out formerly introduces Poe Picasso with a thought provoking spoken word segment. Following this record comes “By The Bulk” produced by Problem Child. With the wailing sample in the background coupled with Picasso’s strong delivery and lyrical undertones, this is a must hear joint for all hip-hop fans alike. Following this record is a freestyle entitled “ Wake Up Call” where Picasso delivers arguably one of his best flows throughout the entire project over Little Brother’s record “Beautiful Morning”. Commencing to the next joint “Checking The Levels” Picasso implements the underlying concept of the entire project when he begins to lyrically spar with himself, checking the extent of his lyrical abilities. “Waste Of Lead” isn’t really one of the most thought-provoking records on this project, but more so a record showcasing the showboating qualities of Poe Picasso where he pounds the track with metaphors and double entendres. “Two Words And Then Some” is rendition to the Kanye West, Mos Def & Freeway’s record where Picasso literally continues from where Mos Def left off. Within this record the political and social commentary is very apparent and well hit. Following this record comes the familiar Hi-Tek sample from one of the best hip-hop collaborations of all time which consisted of Mos Def, Talib Kweli & Common on “Respiration”. Picasso makes an updated version of this record bringing along Influence & Problem Child. The science behind this song parallels that of the original. “Is This Life” is next on the list where Picasso questions the many institutions and social network that control this country and the many countries of the world. Bringing the tempo back to pace comes “Attention Deficit Disorder” another record where Picasso’s lyrics speaks for itself. “9th Inning” brings the beginning of the closing for Exhibit A with a triumphant feeling of accomplishment and showboating. “For My People” is a very unexpected track for Hip-Hop for reason that Picasso begins to rhyme in his native tongue of Creole and in English giving the original “Fu-gee-la” a bilingual twist. Following “For My People” is another very notable record titled “She Cries”. Using “The Blast” from Talib Kweli, Picasso sheds light on a very imminent subject which is global warming. On this record Picasso gives an in-depth look at exactly where the planet is and exactly where it might go if proper procedure isn't taken immediately. Following “She Cries” is “Confused I Was” produced by The Architect. Where Picasso goes on a lyrical onslaught consisting of double wordplay, metaphors and simply real hip-hop at its best. Bringing the album to a close comes “Libra Scales” a rendition to the critically acclaimed Outkast classic “Aquemini”. A personal favorite and a phenomenal record Picasso pays homage to the duo with his own zodiac interpolation of music in a very astrological manner. The last and final record is from the late great “J Dilla” titled “Goodnight Folks” where Picasso bids farewell to the listeners promising them to stay tuned for things to come. In conclusion after listening to Exhibit A: The Real Hip-Hop Project front to back, I recommend this to all listeners alike. This is a formal introduction for Poe Picasso and I feel hip-hop connoisseurs and new listeners alike will welcome him with open arms.

Rating: 9/10
- Robert Pierce


Discography

"Exhibit A: The Real Hip Hop Project" - Indie Release, 2007

AIRPLAY
"By the Bulks" (2007) play listed on TreazyRadioShow.com, Ozcatradio AM 1670 Vallejo, Choice-FM.co.uk (U.K.).
"Confused I Was" (2007) played on TreazyRadioShow.com, Ozcatradio AM 1670 Vallejo, Choice-FM.co.uk (U.K.)
"Cira 92" (2008) played on TreazyRadioShow.com, Ozcatradio AM 1670, Choice-FM.co.uk (U.K.)

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Bio

“ Is every conscious rapper really conscience? And all pop singers talking non-sense?”
- Poe Picasso

Poe Picasso (Edgar Allen meets Pablo) is considered a breath of fresh air for East Coast Hip-Hop music and rap as a whole. In an era of marketing scheme, over the top promotion, and lackluster lyrics, hip-hop artist are beginning to come and go like fads. But Picasso is a different breed of artist, already seasoned and polished at an early stage in his career; he is already being considered "The Next Big Thing". But what exactly is the hype around this kid anyway? Is it the witty, introspective, thought-provoking lyricism Picasso invokes on his art or rather the depth and truth behind the music? Whatever it is Picasso brings a nostalgic raw sound that was long forgotten on the over packed New York City streets. A sound that was once considered the "Crème De La Crème" of Hip-Hop music.

The sound that many New York natives try to emulate or imitate but seem to come off forced or unpolished. New York has been in an uproar for the past half decade in search of a new headline artist to represent the State as a whole. This may be the guy die hard fans and mainstreamers alike are looking for!
With a style deriving from the likes of: Nas, Andre 3000, Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest, Kool G Rap, Mos Def, Ghostface Killah, & Common , it is plain to see that Picasso was influenced by the "upper echelon" of hip-hop music.
Poe Picasso introduced himself to the Hip-Hop world with the release of his mixtape "Exhibit A: The Hip-Hop Project". Already critically acclaimed and praised but the general public Picasso has turned down a number of record deals for his own personal reasons. He stated, "Getting a deal is the easy part, finding a label situation that will establish your career as an artist is the hard part". With two full-length albums already completed fully produced by Brooklyn-based producers The Architect & Problem Child, Picasso seems to be ahead of the game as well as ahead of his time.

=> www.myspace.com/poepicasso