An album by Skryp tha Keeper
Review presented by Warren Peace
Listen to Divine by Skryp tha Keeper
Skryp tha Keeper is a hip hop artist who fell into the sights of The Write Reviews recently. After contacting me about getting an album review, Skryp began getting publicity through Underground On Top and has thrown some music on YouTube. Continuing forward after his release of the Divine EP, Skryp tha Keeper has a goal of becoming one of the best emcees to ever get on a microphone. By the end of the Divine EP, we should be able to know if he has what it takes to meet his goal and make a mark in hip hop.
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I like how the album opens up with snippets of tracks Skryp tha Keeper has previously done. Not an original idea by any means, but it does sound good and is a cool way to open up an album despite other artists doing it before. The instrumental soon picks up and has a mystery, maybe creepy, type of vibe to it while incorporating a steady rhythm and bounce to it. Skryp comes onto the track with a good presence behind the mic and a good sound in his flow, except when he changes it a bit for a few phrases near the beginning. I don’t know, it just kind of throws off the aggression he has in his voice starting off. He ties in some wordplay early on and displays the ability to step his flow up to double-time near the end of the first verse, which I wish he would’ve ended with a much more punctual sound because that would have been an even greater way to start the album. I am not sure who the woman singing the chorus is, but she has a nice approach on the chorus and has a way of getting the hook stuck in the listeners head by the end of the track. I have no clue what was going on between the first chorus and the second verse. I thought it was someone saying something but I couldn’t make out the words. Skyrp tha Keeper comes onto the second verse calling out other rappers and speaking about the work he has put into his music. He begins spitting lyrics at the double-time rate again toward the end of the second verse but he is all over the place a bit with his content. The second verse ends much more punctual and in more of a way that will leave an impression to finish out his vocals on the track. An excerpt from a movie, most likely although I’m not familiar with it off the top of my head, closes out the first track of Divine and brings us into the second song of the album.
With an angelic sound to the music and the voice being portrayed to come from somewhere other than this planet, the title track of the album gets underway. The voice speaks about putting their faith in ‘him’ and ‘his talent’, which I am assuming refers to Skryp tha Keeper. The music begins playing, giving the audience a quick rhythm mixed with an “ahhing” vocal sound that reminds me of something you might hear at a church. Skryp hits the track with a solid presence on the mic once again, and his lyrics on the first verse involve dealing with hardships but now he has gained attention from the people. Skryp laces the vocals on the hook this time, delivering a really good sound and catchy content. By the end of the chorus, the audience knows the voice in the beginning was speaking about Skryp after all, and he is the new savior. He continues his approach on the first verse through to the second, saying how everyone should have seen him coming (as an artist) while throwing a few shots at other rappers in general along the way. Bringing the second two verse track in a row to a close with the chorus, Skryp tha Keeper hits his first Featured Track of the album with Divine.
The instrumental here has a slower, softer feel to it as the track begins to play with a phrase repeated a couple of times before Skryp tha Keeper hops onto the mic. In the beginning his flow is practically nonexistent due to none of his lines really rhyming, which throws me off as a listener. I notice it continues farther into the verse, and while it might sound great as spoken word, his approach behind the microphone gives the audience the impression that he is rapping for them. Within the lyrics Skryp speaks about how things were when he was younger and how it has shaped him into who he is today. I do like how he closed out the first verse. Once again Skryp is on the chorus, kinda of half singing, half rapping the lyrics but this time delivering the words with little emotion. The wording rides with the beat well though and listeners are still likely to find the lyrics catchy. The flow is better on the second verse but still has a couple of sections near the beginning that seem a little off. The second verse, in my opinion, is better than the first verse and on another level as well. The hook goes on repeat to end the song.
4- Politics feat. Kidd Kane and Lethal-C
The beat for Politics kicks off with some bounce to it and Kidd Kane telling Skryp’s they need to get on the microphone. Kidd Kane has the hook to open up the track, spitting a catchy chorus that vibes well with the beat. Off the bat I get the feeling this will be the hardest track of the album. Kidd Kane performs with a prominent delivery and mixes some punch lines in with his lyrics on the first verse. Skryp has the second verse and brings a smooth flow. His vocals are cleaner and Skryp throws some punches onto the track as well. Lethal-C lets everyone know when he gets behind the microphone for the last verse of the track by spitting some wordplay and merging into a double time rhythm to close his contribution to the track. Politics is a solid track overall with plenty of stuff going on to keep things entertaining for the audience, putting it on the Featured Tracks.
5- Glass Door feat. Kidd Kane
Skryp tha Keeper focuses on the flow in the beginning of the track, but builds into some punch lines as the first verse gets laced over the steady 1-2 rhythm of the beat. I like the chorus, performed by Kidd Kane, which comes through the speakers in a calm, cool, and collective way to almost hypnotize listeners. On the second verse Skryp delivers one of the best flows he has on the album. The emotion in his voice brings out the rhythm of his flow and giving it more life. Kidd Kane brings the chorus through again to close out Glass Door, which is one of the better overall tracks on the album.
6- Peg City Design
A couple of quotes lead the way for Peg City Design’s appearance on the album. I actually wrote down the second quote because I really like the meaning behind it. Skryp lyrically attacks most of the other rappers for being stuck and not expanding their horizons with another smooth flow to open up the track. The beat is alright, at best. Skryp tha Keeper delivers the hook for Peg City Design, which would probably stick with the audience more if there was a little more emotion behind the lyrics, which are well written and come together nicely. Sticking with his angle on the first verse, Skryp starts and ends the second verse with the same lines that he began and concluded his opening bars. His vocals seem to get quieter on the second verse. He closes out another two verse song with the chorus, now seeming to develop a bit of a pattern on his solo tracks. All in all, Peg City Design is a good song with solid content.
7- Through The Glass (remix)
To bring the Divine EP to a close is the remix of Through The Glass. The instrumental slowly comes through the speakers, with Skryp tha Keeper softly spitting lyrics over the melody. Shortly the strumming of the guitar strings picks the paced up and Skryp does the same with his delivery. Metaphors lace the lyrics on this remix, which continues to gather momentum as the track plays. Personally I would have liked Skryp’s vocals to have been louder, but I do enjoy how this song seems to reach outside of the normal everyday hip hop, and the previous tracks on the album. The Divine EP concludes with the music playing and a man singing, almost in the background of the beat. The entire concept brought with this song is great, but it does seem out-of-place with the rest of the album and feels a little off as an ending to Divine.
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Divine and Politics
The Write Up
Skryp tha Keeper has a lot of potential that he displays on the Divine EP. Within the contents of the songs, he showcases an ability to conjure up brilliant metaphors, bring punch lines in when the track is appropriate, keep up a smooth flow, and give his audience a strong presence on the microphone. Unfortunately, there are areas of the EP which also lack in these areas, and listeners really want a consistency throughout an album. There were also a few times Skryp’s lyrical content seemed scattered to me, and a couple of spots where his rhymes felt a little forced. The average hip hop fan may not notice, but I can guarantee to the veteran hip hop audience these things will stick out like wearing swim trunks in the snow. By the time Divine concludes, I was not impressed with the body of work as much as I was with the potential the artist showed he possesses. With a little more time, effort, and knowledge, Skryp tha Keeper will be an artist any audience will enjoy and other artists will need to stay wary of. As he continues forward on his path, The Write Reviews will be there keeping track of every move.
(2 out of 5 stars)
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