The Talent Show (2009)

by Kiyoshi

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Given the stale state of the rap game in recent times, Detroit and its surrounding metro area has become something of an oasis for quality music. With the likes of Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, Invincible and Buff1 all having dropped impressive releases over the past year, Ann Arbor’s Yoshi is the next in line to hopefully catch the attention of Hip-Hop fans outside of his locale.

Whilst Yoshi might be a new name to many, the charismatic emcee is a veteran of his hometown scene, a fact that’s evident in the confident and polished feel of this album. Buoyed by the melodic, R&B-tinged production of Akira Charles, “The Talent Show” stands head-and-shoulders above today’s standard underground rap fare, with its funky, full-bodied soundscapes giving the project its own distinctive sonic personality.

The opening “Get Down” sets the tone with Yoshi dropping “feel good rhymes” that aren’t “over your head like billboard signs” over a typically Detroit sounding track full of chunky beats and undeniable soul. Twinkling pianos and space-age keyboards are accompanied by a butter smooth hook from vocalist Vince Kelsey. “Dance Tonight” is a near perfect example of how to craft a club-ready cut without having to appeal to the lowest common denominator and therefore maintain your artistic integrity, whilst “Meet The Deadline” boasts an up-tempo 80s boogie vibe matched with good-natured lyrical bravado.

Yet whilst Yoshi is definitely skilled in making happy-go-lucky head-nod music, he’s about much more than simply party rhymes and cocky swagger. On “Run Away” the rapper weaves the intricate story of a missing child, whilst ‘Listen Up’ bristles with socio-political opinions. “Dream”, arguably the album’s finest moment, finds Yoshi encouraging listeners to chase their ambitions over a mellow backdrop of melodic chimes and soothing saxophone blasts.

At a time when music seems to be becoming increasingly bland and disposable, Yoshi has succeeded in recording an album that has something to offer the mind, body and the soul.

Ryan Proctor

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released February 24, 2010

All tracks produced by Akira Shelton except "Slow Down/Gold Digger" produced by Nevin Thomas

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Kiyoshi Los Angeles, California

Kiyoshi was born in Saginaw, MI before relocating to Ann Arbor where he built his reputation as one of Metro Detroit's most creative and talented artists. His work has been featured on MTV, VH1, OkayPlayer, URB & more. He has shared the same stage as B.O.B., Big Sean, Aloe Blacc, Mayer Hawthorne, Black Milk, & others. He continues to innovate as a premier conscious MC in southern California. ... more

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