Buddha Ali (also known as Brisk In The House) is one of many talented artists hailing from the great city of Toronto. He is part of a conglomerate called “The Bakers’ Club”.
I first caught wind of Brisk on a collaboration he did with Raz Fresco (another member of TBC) called “Awful Nice”. Both have loads of appeal and talent. By far the oldest member of the Club, Brisk has always been very polished. Perhaps that stems from many years of creating music.
The man has always been on a conscious tip. Listen closely and you one can hear references to Allah and to his (and my) black brethren. This trait set him apart from the rest of the Club, which is interesting.
Purely beautiful, how this tape is saturated with jazz and hip hop infused beats. The overall production on this tape is impeccable. Even the loops are almost hypnotizing. Everything is pretty laid back, a plus. At least in my eyes.
Interestingly, the “Interlude” piece jumped out at me. I expected a run-of-the-mill skit, but when the lyrics started coming, my head was nodding, and I ran it all the way back. A pleasant 89 seconds indeed.
“Levitate” was a favorite of mine. Bakers Club member The Sixth Letter is on the hook; I was a little disappointed that he didn’t lay a verse down. Nevertheless, Brisk does his thing. Sixth makes a reference to clenched fists; he’s on the same concious tip I mentioned. Both may be Five Percenters; research what that is.
Not everyone can go over a DOOM beat and do it justice. “Rhinestone Cowboy” is pretty ill; I noticed Brisk avoided using a derogotory slang term near the end. He almost never curses in any projects, I consider that a plus as well. The DOOM original track is of the same name, by the way.
The “Untitled” track was also very interesting. Th Brisk attempts to educate his listeners, making references to the New World Order (which was impending through his eyes) and a controversy in Haiti regarding the earthquake that tore the country apart.
Overall, this is definitely a tape worth listening to. Just the production alone would almost get the job done.
If you haven’t peeped Brisk before, this is a very good barometer to gauge where Brisk is as an artist right now. Don’t miss out on this!
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- Wesley Wright