“The Ernest Rhodes Project Part 1”
Reviewed by: Kaleb Bronson
With a layer of late 80s beats carried by lyrics that could be balanced with a 90s Quannum Projects album, Ernie Rhodes opens his newest EP “The Ernest Rhodes Project Part 1.”
Rhodes gathered a layer of producers for this EP including Last Word, DJ Name, The Cardboard Man and Wesley Opus. This amalgamation shows throughout the record, each track fades into a new flavor of hip hop Slushee. As Rhodes slips and slides through each track with fluidity, the step back into the past is a theme on the entire EP.
The first stand out track is “Where we Fell.” The melodrama of an intro turns into an alley of darkness. The emotional landscape is prominent and the uplifting message within the chorus helps make this track long lasting. “The world’s not forgiving…” is the obvious message within this track and within the majority of the album.
Each piece of this EP is quite different, a theme is not established other than darkened life experience, yet it still has flowage. Love, heartbreak and the movement of everyday existence entraps the lyrical tone. When the vocal abilities of Danielle Mueller are added to “Seeds To The Sun,” a humbling notion is released, like a dove set free within the track.
It is obvious that Rhodes is testing his abilities on this EP and what the future holds for him could be profound. He truly pulls it together at the end of the EP with “Those Days.” It’s like entering Yellow Brick Road of hip hop, the beat is lavish and floats and the lyrics guide a hang-gliding quest over the Minne-apple. “The Ernest Rhodes Project Part 1” shows that Rhodes is experimenting with his capabilities and “Part 2” has potential to show progression.