Album Review: Symmetry (Dusty Pickup)

Hidden in the city of North Providence lies a hidden talent that some might think is comparable to the state’s own Sage Francis. A talent who’s MC skills are so on point that the White Rapper Show doesn’t compare to the level of how superior this rapper is going to be.

Symmetry has released his latest album from Poorly Drawn People, a Rhode Island based hip-hop label. Symmetry is an emergence from Rhode Island’s hip-hop scene and on his second album is trying to make his presence known.

Dusty Pickup incorporates old-school 90s hip-hop production and a combo of rock, soul and jazz. Anything resorting back to the 90s hip-hop music scene is a promise for greatness. Such greats such as Big L, Pete Rock and Big Daddy Kane are just some of the few artists that are legends in the this era and have left a mark in hip-hop today.

One thing that might be difficult for Symmetry is the fact that he’s a white rapper.

Observing the White Rapper Show in detail, I’ve learned that the difficulty that white rappers undergo is gaining respect within a world that is dominated by African-Americans. So the question at hand is will Symmetry be able to stand amongst the ranks of Eminem, Everlast and Atmosphere? Or will society shut him down with Fred Durst and Vanilla Ice?

Chances are eventually Symmetry will be able to hold his ground with the greats but first he needs to branch out of Rhode Island to see any real results.

Dusty Pickup does well in providing a number of singles that would deem worthy of radio airplay. “She Asked” a melodic rap song about how a curious girl makes an attempt to pry into his life. Questions ranging from love to if the existence of heaven is real this song is has a mild similarity to A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation” with the bass line and placement of background instrumentals.

“Idiosyncratic” is an upbeat club banger that talks about an artist dealing with the struggle of a rising music career and maintaining a nine to five job.

Dusty Pickup includes a number of diverse samples and somewhat pays homage to old school rap. It’s a personal and an adult showcase of one’s own personal mortality. Symmetry succeeds in getting across his ideas simple enough for his fans to note. He keeps to true to what he knows instead of what sells.

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