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MC Bravado doesn't take 'Hip-Hop' lightly

Alex Dionisio

NYC to Baltimore rapper and English teacher MC Bravado may not be on a top tier stage but he is inching ever so close to one at the moment. Having performed at SXSW 2016 and opening for artists like Nappy Roots, Onyx and Chris Webby, he’s a heartbeat away from catching a big break, thanks to his loyalty to traditional, authentic principles of rapping and his persistence and hard work. His latest project, the straightly named Hip-Hop, explores a lot of the preoccupations of your typical standup, young adult millennial – the longing and search for love, character flaws, family values, etc., but MC Bravado likes to switch it up and use the mic as his voice box’s own personal punching bag from time to time.

MC Bravado is a backpacker, in the most respectable sense of the word. When he’s not on random subjects, his swift upright delivery touches on emcee-skill development, personal value, confused girl problems with vanity, conformity and high expectations (“Unfiltered”), gratitude for dad (“Dead Man’s Dream”) and here’s a new one for all the single guys who’ve tried everything – romance with a homeless girl (“Homegirl”), not to be taken very seriously in the last case. The album has some generic music-plus-drum combos and less than several forms of great controversy but Bravado’s sincerity and vocal vigor and the spunky guests, Nitty Scott, MC and Pacewon among them, make for an unforgettable experience.

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