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The best kept secret in music


"Westward “Club Scout” Sentence Article by Catalina Soltero"

“I catch reality and punch it through a drum line,” Says Sentence on the Song “Done Right” from his debut solo album, Bomb Shelter Poetry. Mainlining the poetic roots of hip-hop, the MC takes an innovative approach to the tracks on his solo joint by mixing up the beats and even adding an occasional unorthodox acoustic guitar. Sentence has made a name for himself as part of Makeshift Gods – producing as well as performing on the groups’s 2002 disc, Audio Movement. With songs that contain multiple tempo changes, eclectic samples and slices of flute, Movement is further proof that he is no stranger to experimentation. Behind the mike or in the studio, Sentence is building a reputation beyond the Front Range for pulsating, ominous beats and profound, blitzkrieg vocals. At a recent Missoula, Montana, freestyle battle, he represented by Colorado by competing agains lyrical pugilists from up and down the Rocky Mountain region – and brought home first prize. Voicebox Records, the label he co-founded in 1998, continues to expand its roster and draw attention with a stated mission of “getting their music to the people who need to hear it.”
- Westword Magazine - Denver

"Sentence “There and Back” CD review in URB Magazine – vol. 15 no. 126 May 2005"

With a snappy delivery that falls somewhere between the old-school affinity of PUTS’ Double K and Aesop Rock’s syllabic fluency, Denver MC Sentence makes an imposing presence for a cat most of us wouldn’t know from Paragraph. His gusto and advocacy for the hip hop ethos is hard to resist, too.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars

review by KP - URB Magazine

"Sentence “There and Back” CD review on"

Hip-hop and rap are friends again. Sentence reigns from Denver with a
real mix of real turntables, real beats, real samples and real rap.
It's refreshing to hear something so classic.

There and Back is what it says: a trip back to the time when rap was
built in a basement with live scratches (cred to DJ Thought), when
lyrics were intense but weren't afraid of bordering on funny, even
cheesy-in any case summary pronouncements of both the miniscule facts
and the overarching trials of life as the MC knows it.

Funky, jazzy samples and beats as classic as they come, this stuff harks
back to Grandmaster Flash with a notable sharpness that channels
Disposable Heroes. Sentence fearlessly retreads the classic styles that
rap, lately, has almost forgotten; and does it at a time when we could
all use a reminder.

Prevailing poignancy emerges at track eight. "With You" is modern day
underground along the lines of Murs and Slug; and the album reigns on
in modernity.

To top this off, Sentence has enough ferocity in his battle lyrics to
make him a modern threat with a classic knowledge. Take a lesson and
watch your back; Sentence has been smart enough to watch his.

-Jef Hoskins, March 25, 2005

"Excerpts from Sentence “Bomb Shelter Poetry” CD review on"

Whenever the rewind button is mentioned in hip-hop reviews, it's usually used as a synonym for "oh no he didn't"-type punchlines. A reviewer finds himself hitting that button on a regular basis because it is his job to pay attention even to details. It may have occurred to you that in hip-hop, more than in any other music genre, reviews focus heavily on the lyrics. It is because lyrics are so important to this artform. Allow me to draw this clumsy comparison: a song is like a possible significant other. The music is what makes the song attractive, but the lyrics are what make it interesting. You might want to spend some time on the dancefloor with a hip-hop tune if the beat is tight, but you might think about turning a chance acquaintance into a serious relationship if you connect with the lyrics.
You can bet that on an album called "Bomb Shelter Poetry", the lyrics play an important role…After a short dramatic, cinematic sequence, the intro turns into a track beaming with urgency, the bumping beats tearing hard at the classical strings. But not one to dwell on things for too long, Sentence flips both the beat and the rhyme style several times in just two and a half minutes. The production remains refreshingly challenging with "Blindfolded", switching up accordingly to what Sentence is trying to convey. That way, we don't get just the stereotypical somber mood but also with some funky bits thrown into the mix…Obviously, Sentence knows how to score points in verbal pugilism…within the boundaries of his style, Sentence is exactly the unorthodox rapper who will be able to please fans of unorthodox rap with - before I say 'unorthodox rap' again, let me just say that "Bomb Shelter Poetry" is a rare occasion of an album that is as consistent as the argument it tries to make: "My poetry's a shelter from this world's self-destruction."


Solo Projects:
Sentence – Bomb Shelter Poetry CD (Voicebox Records)
Sentence – There and Back CD (Voicebox Records)
Group Projects:
Makeshift Gods – Audio Movement CD (Voicebox Records)
Makeshift Gods – Live Like an Artist, Die Like a Poet CD (Voicebox Records)
Makeshift Gods – Audio Movement CD (Voicebox Records)
Makeshift Gods – Invisible People 12” Single (Voicebox Records)
Compilations Featured on:
DJ Pray One – F*CK the Radio Mixtape/Compilation
CD Baby – Thick Cuts of Beats Compilation
Radio 1190 – Local Shakedown Vol. 2
Jump Mobile Hip Hop Compilation
Cameo Appearences on:
Sage Francis - Sick of Waiting Tables (Sage Francis Records)
Once & Gollum – Peripheral Thoughts CD (Voicebox Records)
49 Stories – Depression Followers CD (Voicebox Records)
49 Stories – Blind Faith CD (Voicebox Records)
DRK – Cathartic Resume (Only Option Records)
Input - Elusive Candor (Voicebox Records)
Shovel - Shovel (Voicebox Records)
Paradox - Hiatus (Voicebox Records)
RushYa - Modern Day McCarthy (Ponowai Flora)


Feeling a bit camera shy


Before moving to NYC a couple of years ago, emcee and producer Sentence made a name for himself over the previous 8 years in the unexpected setting of Denver, Colorado, where hip hop is the last thing one would expect to see. Since transplanting, he hasn’t skipped a beat and has continued to keep his career elevating. He's been doing shows around Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as touring the east coast on a regular basis.
Sentence’s style is uniquely-crafted, but based in the roots of traditional hip hop – with a heavy emphasis being put on both the movement of the beat and the technicality of the lyrics. Although his style doesn’t fit into any single category very easily, it could be described as some sort of hybrid between traditional party hip hop and the thoughtful, poetic avant-garde. Regardless of how it’s described, it’s been proven to win over crowds of everyone from rock fans to hardcore hip hop heads.
The live performance, which can be argued to be the catalyst of hip hop, is something that Sentence never comes up short with. His skill on stage has been honed by nearly a decade of live performances, including tours to the Northwest at least three times every year. Besides headlining on tours, Sentence has also performed with many of hip hop’s legends, such as KRS One, Aceyalone, Atmosphere, Aesop Rock, Lyrics Born, RJD2, Black Sheep, Mr. Lif, Beat Junkies, Visionaries, Raekwon, Jungle Brothers, Blackalicious, Oldominion, Typical Cats, and many, many more.
Sentence’s track record also includes producing the first track that independent hip hop superstars Slug (of Atmosphere) and Sage Francis ever appeared on together. He has also been featured on multiple compilations, including CD Baby’s “Thick Cuts of Beats,” Radio 1190’s “Local Shakedown,” and Paris, France’s DJ Pray One’s “F*ck the Radio.”
“There and Back,” Sentence’s most recent CD, was met with superb reviews and phenomenal acclaim by the public. The album received praise from sources as high up as URB Magazine, who wrote “His gusto and advocacy for the hip-hop ethos is hard to resist…” College radio was also impressed and “There and Back” reached the Top 40 Hip Hop charts on CMJ.
Learning to be successful in a place like Denver, Sentence acquired guerrilla tactics and has learned to not only adapt to his surroundings, but to make them into as rich an environment as possible. His music is receiving more and more notoriety and doesn’t show any signs of slowing.