Manchild, famed founder behind The Pride, DeepSpace5 & Mars Ill, and blogs at tumblr: Life Don’t Rhyme, put out his latest collection of original material: Thunderspeak. Purveyor of Manchild Insider, a music subscription service, & recent collab with Jaq: You Don’t Know Jaq, Manchild keeps it funky fresh.
Thunderspeak is “language steeped in power and authority.” This album is about that, and all his lyrical stylings encompass this.
The musical content on the beats is very original, and unlike anything I’ve heard before. It is a new opportunity for Manchild, who tends to be found on funk/blues samples and classic boom bap.
We also get a few very personal pieces of Manchild, that are often lighthearted among much of the musical experience of him, particularly in Regular Dude & And1.
Thunderspeak - Blasting on the introduction to the album, about how Manchild intends to bring it.
Don’t Listen - a warning to the self-absorbed, with a cleverly spun sample on the hook.
Regular Dude - I think Manchild has fun with this. FYI, he works at a beer distributor as a day job, with a wife, kids, car and a job. He also consistently wins accolades in the rap scene. If you know him there is a lot of humor in this one.
Ashes - death, mortality, and authentic living. Ashes completes the cycle of life, so don’t let that life be vain.
Chained Melody - We have a ball & chain, this is an addiction, this is also a freedom song.
Falling Hearts - Manchild has a few daughters, and I think he put this one out for them.
The Right Song - Theme Song here, classic boom bap!