RedCloud has satisfied with his sophomore release in ‘Traveling Circus.’ Featuring guest spots from Braille of Lightheaded, Kaitlyn Cassels of Sackcloth Fashion and Sherwin Gardner, among others. The LP is produced almost entirely by Syntax head man Rocdomz.
The LP begins with the title track, in which RedCloud drops three random verses in company with a hook saying nothing courtesy of Sam Hart. It’s an impressionable track, but for the leadoff cut, it felt out of place. Sackcloth Fashion’s Kaitlyn Cassels lends her vocal talents on “My Way,” featuring acoustic strings and piano harmonies over life stories and convictions from the emcee, making a memorable cut. Rocdomz brings his trademark synth sounds on “Don’t Wear It Out,” accompanied by thick piano chords and a smooth bassline RedCloud begs the question… “who’s the illest of the illest that you feelin’ now?… RedCloud homie, that’s my name don’t wear it out.” Sherwin Gardner and Christafari lend a hand on “Neva Letcha Go.” This is a fresh change from the overall sound of the LP, with handclaps, shakers, and drums all over the tracks soothing vocals. RedCloud lets out some frustration on “Chit Chat” stating… “were tired of your chit chat, wack rappers need to get slapped,” over a mellowed vocal sample with kicks and snares, making for a nice listen. Rocdomz lends another well-crafted track in “War Party.” Accompanied by fresh cuts, RedCloud asks listeners… “war, what is it good for?” “Broken Jaw” combines Braille and RedCloud coming correct and hard-nosed over a track with a raw message in “times are desperate, we can’t hold back, we must strike mics, He holds them in attack, to live out what we say or get out the game, cause without conviction all these verses are lame… times are desperate, times running out but we gon’ speak truth even with your gun in our mouth.” A serious message, and solid verses from both of the emcees, making for one of the most complete and fulfilling tracks on the LP.
‘Traveling Circus,’ is a creative and refreshing serving from one of the most respected emcees in the hip-hop community.