A lot of music has been dropping this year, and some acts have been getting passed on. Well right out of the Midwest comes a hip project that you may want to check out. Cincinnati dweller GMC recently released ‘Last Of The Real,’ an album that is fourteen tracks chock full of truth.
GMC starts the album off with “I’m Back” where GMC exclaims that he is back, not just back to rap but to spread truth. GMC calls out the music industry over a real slow and steady hip hop beat. For those unaware of what GMC is back from, it’s hip hop retirement. His forth album “Exodus’ was supposed to be just that, but he has returned with his latest offering. This intro is to let you know that GMC is back like he never left. Next on the project is “No Need To Run” which has a nice sample, pitched up and possibly sped up. GMC finds himself back to back to back to back with Brinson, Dmaub, and Von Won. GMC sets the track off speaking about the Grace of God and how he is here to stay and doesn’t mind what comes with living for the Lord. Brinson brings a nice southern twang, Dmaub brings a good verse (always good to hear from him), and Von Won brings some soul to this track. This is a good song all the way around. Song number three “Callin'” features Dillon Chase, RL, and Tre9. GMC talks about calling out to God when one is trapped in sin and his features really complimented this track. Dillon is really good at speaking of his need for God, Tre offers a great verse, and RL is perfect on this hook. The mood of the song sounds like desperation and it comes across really well.
The fourth song on the album just happens to be the title track “Last of The Real.” This song has some West Coast synths and some banging drums and some sort of haunting sample in the background. GMC just unloads on the track about the ills of society, the side of Hollywood, just about anything you could think of dealing with the negative side of society. All of this to say that GMC considers himself in that remnant or “Last of The Real” of believers in Christ Jesus. This is a very solid song and definitely is the theme of the album. Next on the project is “No Sir,” a banger in which GMC asks the listener if they want to do drugs and other sorts of vices to which he responds “No sir!” GMC speaks about his past drug use and the problems that come from such a lifestyle. In an era of hip hop that lauds the drug fiend, this song is highly counter cultural. The sixth song is “Hail to the King” featuring Deacon D.A.S. and is possibly my favorite song on the project. I say this because the beat sounds so different from everything on the album, but in a good way. It has a great Caribbean Island type sound and GMC switches up his flow just a bit to be refreshing and Deacon D.A.S. sounds good on it as they both praise the Lord with their bars. This sound is so refreshingly different and that’s why it is my favorite on the project. This is a well put together song. Moving right along on the project we find “Rise Up” featuring Hazakim. This song has a very somber slow tempo beat, with a vocalist humming in the background. GMC speaks about rising up for Christ and Hazakim sounds great on this as this is right in their wheelhouse. “Rise up if you’re down for the cause” is a great refrain.