10 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

MELODOWNZ’s low-key voice floats like a cloud of sticky-icky—weaving, intoxicating, impossible to ignore. “Peace $igns, Gang $igns” is a brilliant intro to the New Zealand rapper, a clever meditation on duality and circumstance. “Loyal” borrows from jazz-hop and Bone Thugs while “Infinite” shows a battle MC lurking within. He reveals a mystical side, too, honoring sacraments (“Kava & Herbs”) and the female form (“She ain’t a ho, she’s holistic” goes a line from “Natural”). Be sure to save room for “Abundance,” a conscious-rhyme feast with Troy Kingi that hits the mind-body-and-soul trifecta.

EDITORS’ NOTES

MELODOWNZ’s low-key voice floats like a cloud of sticky-icky—weaving, intoxicating, impossible to ignore. “Peace $igns, Gang $igns” is a brilliant intro to the New Zealand rapper, a clever meditation on duality and circumstance. “Loyal” borrows from jazz-hop and Bone Thugs while “Infinite” shows a battle MC lurking within. He reveals a mystical side, too, honoring sacraments (“Kava & Herbs”) and the female form (“She ain’t a ho, she’s holistic” goes a line from “Natural”). Be sure to save room for “Abundance,” a conscious-rhyme feast with Troy Kingi that hits the mind-body-and-soul trifecta.

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