Next up, as I continue the site’s alphabetical journey:
The Letter E.
Reserved for El Gun Legro.
A couple of months ago, my buddy Matt contacted me about an up and coming underground rap artist local to San Diego. Turns out, Matt’s his manager, and was throwing his debut album release party. unfortunately, I couldn’t make it. However, I met up with Matt, and the underground rapper El-Gun Legro for a bite and a night out. I also got a chance to grab El-Gun’s new CD, promising to write a review.
El-Gun, apologies for the delay, but here it is. I’m no expert on underground rap, so I’ll do my best.
El-Gun Legro’s debut album “The Return of the Future” brings on a journey into the life of El-Gun through time, and most certainly space. The artist El-Gun certainly evokes an interesting character while performing, an alter-ego of the man behind the music. However, this outlet corresponds to the music, light-hearted, fun, and never taking it too seriously. Once you know this about El-Gun, the music comes into perspective. When I first saw El-Gun’s pictures, I thought one part Steve Urkel, one part Lil John, with some Weird Al Yankovic tossed in.
I don’t think I was too far off in my first impression…?
El-Gun Legro (right)
First, let me talk about the album as a whole. It’s well put together, with phenomenal production quality. I really do have to applaud the effort that went into this album. The sound, editing, and care that went into the album is apparent. I’m not familiar with the production company, but the producers are excellent.
Second, the beats are sick. There are some amazing tracks with sick beats. on top of that, there are some brilliant song collaborations featuring artists I’ve not heard of initially, but found my self following up on. The chorus of each track, usually with some of these artists as supporting vocals or raps, are very well done.
Alright, now onto El-Gun himself.
Initially, I was really thrown off on the album. I couldn’t figure out a message El was trying to convey as an artist, or an audience he was seeking to target. Granted, this was one listen through. I can’t give it a proper review on just one listen.
So I queued the album back up, and listened closely. You know what I found? Just fun rapping.
El’s all about having fun with his music and being creative, and it shows in his lyrics and raps. Sure he tackles the usual rapper status symbols: honeys and moneys. However, tossed in are jokes about superheroes, mistaken club ownerships, kung-fu fights, and secret agents. El-Gun just raps about what he finds funny, whether it be issues with his internet social life, or the life of a wizard. So, the second question, who is the audience? Well, I’d say anyone who doesn’t take life too seriously, who likes to have fun, and can call upon that reflection in rap music. Rap doesn’t always have to be about what society deems “hard”, El-Gun brings out the lighter, funny side of this musical genre. However, there is a great song “Goodday” that takes a more serious tone, and the beautiful vocals and tones fit nicely with the rest of the track, even if it is a bit slowed town.
Granted the debut album reflects El-Gun’s creativity and personality, has excellent production quality, and some great supporting artists, there is still plenty of room for improvement. First off, I think El-Gun is still establishing a comfortable flow in his rapping. He hasn’t quiet nailed down a fluid rhyming style, but it is (in my opinion) certainly better than the “last word hard-hitting” Ludacris style. Most of the time it matches and goes with the beat, but at times El hesitates with the beat, or attempts to cram in too much to get that last rhyme. Minor things on the overall album, but as an up and coming rapper, it’s something to work on.
As more of personal opinion and not really related to the artist or album, I’d like to hear less random background support of El in the chorus of his songs (particularly those vocalized by supporting artists). It takes away from El being on the “main stage” in the song, and drops him into a “Lil’ Jon” supportive “YEAH!” type role. Own the song El, no need for that.
Highlights of the album are the tracks “Goodday” featuring Rachel Evans, “Chinese Connection” definitely reflects El-Gun, and lastly “This Ain’t My Club” featuring Tommy Redding was a great track.
Overall, the album is fun to listen to,; and once you understand who the artist is, what he’s about, it all comes together. For a debut, “The Return of the Future” reflects, represents, and relates El-Gun Legro to a world awaiting new, fresh, fun, and high-quality production rap music. Just don’t say his name five times fast.
Finally, I’d like to add one last note about El-Gun. During a night out on the town, I had a chance to sit and talk with El-Gun, and I asked what his rap was all about. He responded that he wants to promote the genre, and likes to help and be an mentor for teens and kids in the underground rap world. El-Gun volunteers locally assisting children in rough areas at a service allowing them the opportunity to pursue their dreams, despite hurdles life might have tossed their way. He added to this revelation: “I don’t swear in my music. I can’t be a model for children I mentor if I can’t put out the positive lyrics I wish for them to incorporate as well.” El-Gun, you have very admirable morality.
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