The art of storytelling and vivid lyrics are a lost art among many of todayâ€™s artists. Those who can remember the period in hip-hop when the culture still had some grit have been longing for that for some grimy shit.
With his latest release, Return of the Darkman, LA the Darkman has delivered a gem for those who remember when everyone in your video had on Hoodiesâ€™nâ€™Tims. The combination of gritty street stories and production that is more reminiscent of the 90â€™s era than todayâ€™s super synthesized music makes for a unique mixtape. LA delivers tales from a hustler, but gets more in-depth about the perils and pitfalls the game has to offer. Itâ€™s no coincidence that he is a long time Wu-Tang affiliate and currently is president of Aphilliates Music Group headed by DJ Drama. â€œ1000 Grams,â€ â€œPolluted Wisdom,â€ and â€œRespect Made Men,â€ are a few of the songs that define the overall theme of the cd. LAâ€™s knack for telling an intricate story is illustrated in â€œDonnie Brascoâ€ and â€œNY, NY.â€ LA also has a number of collabos to accent the CD, where he calls upon Method Man (Safe Box), Kool G Rap (Alleyway Hustlers) and his real life younger brother, who is under his wing at AMG – Willie the Kid (Soldier, When the Money Comes).
To put it best in his words, â€œIâ€™m the black Stephen King, I tell my horrors through a pen/Every song on my album tell who, what & when.â€ Nuff Said.