There are two endearing qualities that Richmond emcee Black Liquid possesses that puts him head and shoulders above many of hip-hop’s most popular commercial artists, as far as talent and passion are concerned. The first quality is his unyielding commitment to remain true to himself. As more and more independent artists conform to the ideals and images prevalent in popular music in order to gain fame and fortune, Liquid is one of the rare emcees that refuses to be anyone but himself. The second quality is the level of relativity he has with his listeners. An overwhelming majority of Americans work what is commonly referred to as a “nine-to-five”, a job that is never glamorous, often thankless and typically strenuous. Many wish that they did not have to work that nine-to-five, but unless they win the lottery or become a celebrity, they have to work that job to survive. That is the concept behind Black Liquid’s most recent offering “7Days”, which features production by Mr. Myspace and Lord Slugg. On the mixtape, Liquid uses his displeasure for his own work situation to channel the inspiration necessary for making this ten track musical manifesto on ambition, responsibility, struggle and time, more specifically the length of a work week.
There are several tracks on “7Days” that listeners will find particularly intriguing. On the hook of the title track, Liquid breaks down a typical week in his life. “Sunday, one to close, lamping at the slave/ Monday, plotting on a track at the slave/ Tuesday, off but it don’t make cents/ Wednesday, 40 bussing, n-s getting bent/ Thursday, still running short on the rent/ Friday, paid but it don’t mean s-t/ Saturday, another day, another dollar/ Shorty said get a haircut, why bother?” On “Strange Days”, he rhymes about a day of the week that anyone with a nine-to-five can appreciate: the day-off. On “J-O-B”, he begins the track by unenthusiastically reciting his work schedule, then spitting about missed opportunities, past ambitions and his hopes for something greater. Although there are a few songs, such as “Dear Shorty” and “For My N-s” that are not focused on the topic on employment, those tracks are no less important and no less relevant to the lives of the working man. “7Days” is a perfect combination of average-Joe mentality and real-emcee artistry.
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To read an interview of Black Liquid with the Richmond Hip-Hop Examiner, you can read it by clicking this link.