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Perception

Ital Santos

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Ital Santos’ last record Reflections was a retrospective on many of his greatest beats in the form of a memorable instrumental long play- his newest is Perception and sees him taking off the producer hat to rhyme and vocalize over a new set of beats fully produced by Big Mason.

On “Snakes Part 2” Ital delivers some of the sharpest flow he’s ever exhibited while he goes on to dissect his ideas about deceitful half-friends in the community- “ I always show you love now tell me why you hating on me?” Cuda delivers a scorcher as always over the menacing piano cut.

The album’s songs have intermissions with tales of Mexican immigrants and their struggles in America. The theme adds a sense of perspective- Ital laughs and says “just playing” at moments of rapper excess, while the stories of travelers and their travails with our border adds to the idea that some of the things we obsess about aren’t that important. Whether it’s the XXL rookie list or the latest thing Kanye said- Santos recognizes that the way people perceive what is valuable is skewed.

Santos vocalizes about modern love on "Last Date", Slick-C and Edubb enliven the posse cut “Conchas” which creeps and bumps like an early 90’s West Coast cut. The claps will take you back. “Stop” bangs with hard guest bars from Azma and expert scratching from Mando the DJ. As you trip out faded to the synthy Intermission outro, ponder on how Perception rhymes with and shadows Santos’ last record, Reflections, in which he produced an entire instrumental album in contrast to Perception where he raps entirely on beats by Big Mason.

Having listened to Santos’ music, Reflection and Perception are appropriate concepts in which to categorize his musical proclivities- Santos the rapper is perceptive about how people live while the producer angle is more reflective and melodic. Step into the other side with Perception.

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Reflections

Ital Santos

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Music is a powerful inducer of nostalgia. A song, a melody, a rhythm can take us back to moments both familiar to our memories and to our own inner thoughts. On Reflections Ital Santos takes us through some of his most melodic and beautiful productions to narrate a mostly wordless mental journey that illustrate his own reflections on life and the world. On tracks like “4 Moms” and “Piano II”, he takes the listener into vulnerable tones but still addictive tunes. His thick-bassed drums and funk-sample drenched works have always shown us someone who desires to harness the emotional power of contemporary music for the benefit of the people and on Reflections, Ital delivers one of his most successful, consistent and profound projects yet. Like Gil Scott-Heron’s 1981 album of the same name, the album borrows and samples and covers from great tunes of the last 50 years while also delivering the soulful perspective who lives within the music. Some of the beats within are from previous Santos projects but in different forms, decontextualized and recontextualized to reveal a new side and story. There is so often a sense of world weariness- Ital has always empathized with the working class struggle of his community- and his thoughtful productions assure anyone in the audience that someone else indeed knows that feel of walking through a broken city, feeling broken and wondering if there’s even art to set or derive from it. On Supremo, Ital’s previous life died. On Leifs, Santos was reborn. On Decem, he shared his journey. On Reflections, a more matured soul shares with us the blues, the funk, and the soul that he has learned that cannot be put into letters and sentences.

released October 15, 2017

All Tracks Produced by Ital Santos for 909Lab Music. Artwork by Inanz www.nanlib.com

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