Words by Landon A.
As we gain steady momentum into 2010, musical barriers continue to be shattered as a white bread dude (much like the reviewer on hand) who calls himself Outasight, teams up with the folks at Lifted Research Group to release a project layered with thick horn sections, crisp drums and real content. Broading the scope, the NYC vocalist’s creations cater to everybody from blue collared workers to lovers and partiers. He can rap, he can sang and he’s eliminated the fluff to deliver quality product with Further.
Outasight flexes his every musical muscle throughout the LP by showing the world his golden windpipes and heavy book of rhymes. He combines elements of jazz, funk, soul, blues, Hip-Hop and Classic Rock to cater to the picky ears that roam the internet scavenging for their latest musical fix. The opening track, “Further/Everything’s Alright” showcases Outasight’s versatility as a singer and a rapper over a guitar-laden riff that changes swiftly into 70’s funk opus. Undeniably a testement to producer 6th Sense’s artistic boundaries and tastes as a maestro.
Heralded through the ranks of the Crew as the “white Bobby Ray,” Outasight experiments with MPC driven beats and live instrumentation much like the ATL native whose style aligns with his own. “Help!” sports OU’s distorted verses over a live band and cerebral melting guitar solos. Each instrument seemingly jumps out of your headphones as Cook Classics oversees the musical massacre. On the mediative “Stranger Than Fiction,” there’s a vibe that deviates from your typical rags-to riches story. Same goes for “Brand New Day,” with its buoyant ambience which can nestle up as the soundtrack to any seasonal afternoon.
Arguably the most infectious cut on this record is “Everyone Gets Laid,” a track provided by Table For 6 that oddly enough resembles Jay-Z’s Kingdom Come single “Show Me What You Got.” The hook is enough to get burn at any DJ’d event: “Over worked and underpaid/tonight’s the night everyone gets laid!”
Although Further burns on all cylinders from start to finish and is undeniably fun and different, two things that seem to be missing from the game right now, Outasight’s voice can tedious on tracks such as “Better Late Than Never.” No worries though, this album is a full cabinet of musical diversity which implores nearly every orchestral method imaginable.