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Reverse Mechanic: “Cruise Control” – few rappers can compete with his utterly stunning delivery

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Posted December 2, 2017 by Peter Burns in Headlines

Reverse Mechanic is a completely independent hip hop artist breakin’ it down in Minneapolis, MN. As a former published poet with a Bachelor’s in creative writing, he has been doing the reverse limbo, raising the bar for lyricists since 2012. His recent music videos on YouTube have helped him gain notoriety, winning several Artists and Repertoire Awards from Beat100, as well as entertaining fans throughout the year. Reverse Mechanic’s latest album “The Mixed Ape”, which has been in the works for a while, is almost set for release. In the meantime he has dropped a new single, “Cruise Control” (Co-Prod. Kannix), which should also appear on the upcoming album.

So how does someone start writing another review about the best underground rapper heard in a very long time. Would that someone start by saying that it’s a sad time when so called “artists” (and I won’t name them, as you already know who they are) make millions when truly talented artists such as Reverse Mechanic has to do everything on his own steam?

This dude is awesome. The lyrical skill, the tempo changes, the technique, all of it! And I’m not just talking about this track. It’s on every track he releases. Reverse Mechanic flaunts his flow for the fans to love on every song he drops

“Cruise Control” is full of humor, witty lines and a fun, positive sound. I discovered Reverse Mechanic towards the end of 2016 back while reviewing the track “The Box”. My disenchantment with the genre post 2000 grew to great heights because most radio rap was unbelievably bad. Upon the first listen of “The Box”, and then subsequently, “This Hole In My Throat” (feat. Michael Shynes), I was totally blown away.

The beats were lush and the lyrics were stunning. Reverse Mechanic’s flow was extremely polished, and almost to a fault. There are very few rappers around that can compete with his utterly stunning delivery. No matter how you look at it, his flow will challenge you and command your attention. Exactly as it does on “Cruise Control”.

Reverse Mechanic spits very quickly and fluidly, but the results are intended to be thought provoking. The listener finds themselves at rapt attention because of the astounding sincerity portrayed through the music. On “Cruise Control”, Reverse Mechanic keeps things straight and simple.

Going for the energetic fun factor, rather than the more profound themes he had been handling on previous tracks: “I spit the type of shit to make you lose control, Got the pedal to the metal no cruise control, Woooo Lose control, We naturally rock, so we choose to roll.”

Perhaps the best part of this track is the fact that despite the fun factor, the lyrics actually make sense from beginning to end. Reverse Mechanic doesn’t just throw lines in to rhyme, but writes the lyrics in an intellectually cohesive way. After you pick your jaw up off of the floor, and listen to this track a few times, you start to see that his sheer talent is on display just as much as his cohesiveness of vision.

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