Album Review: Shy One “6 years” (Hip-Hop/Horror/Ghetto)

By Chad Thomas Carsten – 5/5 Dragons
From April 2017 Vandala Magazine 

The majority of the diehard fans of Shy One seem to listen to the Texas-based rapper simply for his brilliant devil style production and it totally makes perfect sense, because it simply boils down to the fact Shy One is a master of producing beats for the pure darkness. Hades could very well be bumping to the instrumentals of Shy One, as he laughs hysterically at the damned that are falling endlessly into the flames of the underworld below, with the production of Shy One serving as the soundtrack to their screams, as they burn in the fire forever. What’s unique is the fact Shy truly knows how to bring his own flavor to the genre known as “Devil Shyt”, with his sheer musical hip-hop brilliance. It’s a sound that’s extremely influenced by early Three Six Mafia and Bone Thugs N Harmony, back when the two groups were drenched in Clive Barker inspired rhyme schemes with a little hint of HP Love Craft molded with the Gothic overtones of Marilyn Manson and the tripped out lyrics of Kool Keith. “6 years” brings forth a powerful collection of previously unreleased tracks from the vaults of Shy One’s impressive underground career (buried six feet deep) that will have horror hip-hop heads spending the night in their local cemeteries, while listening to the album till the sun comes out for years to come. Even horror movie directors all of types will be on the man-hunt to hire Shy One to produce horror film scores after listening to 6 years. His beats are wonderfully creepy and prove that this cat absolutely needs to step into the scoring world within the horror movie film genre.

It’s interesting to note that there is an Insane Clown Posse cover for “Prom Queen” featured. Now haters may laugh at this, but Shy One tackled this song and made it his own and the 1996 classic fits superbly! Insane Clown Posse should be proud of this flawless cover! But the track “Pull It” is the main banger within 6 years! Sure as hell could pull it off in a club. That beat goes hard and will indeed have the dead walking throughout any local city right after the bass drops!

Other stand out tracks include “Photographs”, “Artificial Innocence”, “Last House”, and the album opener “Eradication”. Also, don’t sleep on the “screwed and chopped” release of six years. Fans of the screwed and chopped genre will be foaming at the mouth endlessly from the abundance of flavor hidden within.

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