Concious Porn – Hezekiah [Review]

Hezekiah

Conscious Porn

Release Date: October 12, 2010

Final Grade: 94%

Conscious Porn is all about living freely and giving the listener what Hezekiah refers to as a “lyrical mind-fuck.”  A “lyrical mind-fuck” is Hezekiah’s method of getting the listener to shed their pre-conceived notions about life and the world around them.  There is a series of skits in which a female meets with a “doctor” during the “mind-fucking” process which leaves her a more self aware and open minded person.  On the songs themselves, Hezekiah speaks to life’s struggles and controversial issues (such as abortion) in between proving he’s an emcee with complex lines.  As on Hezekiah’s previous LPs (Hurry Up and Wait and I Predict a Riot), on Conscious Porn Hezekiah continues to push Neo-Soul, a genre of hip hop somewhat (and unfortunately) ignored these days.

Most would classify Hez as a conscious rapper, and rightfully so.  He has many tracks where he is trying to send a message and speaks seriously about the world around him.   But he doesn’t let the conscious tag stop him from having fun on the mic.  Hezekiah proves you can be a conscious rapper and have fun too, just listen to “Here’s to the world.”   “Well I don’t have casual sex, that’s when I threw some guy on/ This won’t be casual, I keep my tie on/She on mute like the Blue Man Group/wanted me to fuck her so I put on a clown suit!/you heard what I said life is full of entrees, don’t fill up on bread.”   I think sometimes we forget that conscious rappers are people that like fun like the rest of us.

The most serious track in my opinion is “What Kind of Cool.”   Hezekiah and Cody ChestnuTT ask the question “What kind of cool will we think of next?” to address the fact that a lot of black people are always trying to act too cool, often resulting in our demise.  “How you flyin’ first class when you know you broke?/Quit sayin’ I’m too cool for coach/He said it and I quote, be cool, don’t rock the boat.”  The topic is addressed in a serious and honest manner that urges fellow black people to change the habit of doing things to be cool. Everybody knows a lot of us spend money on unnecessary things to stay fly.  If you get his viewpoint or not, Hezekiah will certainly have you thinking after this track.

Go get yourself mind-fucked through Conscious Porn, it’s liberating.

Production: 93% (That Neo-Soul vibe is underrated)

Lyricism: 88%

Originality/Creativity: 100%

Final Grade: 94%

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