Legendary emcee O.C. is not stepping off the gas pedal anytime soon as he gifts us with the second installment of his Same Moon Same Sun music series, “A New Dawn”. The 16 track project is a tour de force of topics including hip-hop, politics, relationships and then some. Here’s a quote from one of his standout cuts titled, “Sunday Morning”:
“A legacy’s my mission / It so happens that my passion is my business.”
As per usual, O.C. delivers a well-rounded exposé from different perspectives be it observatory or first account encounters. Speaking on his process he notes that he wants to emphasize on the topics that people can really relate to, whether it’s talking about maintaining artistic passion on “John Wick”, or what it’s like to pursue a relationship on “Exhale.”
Asides from O.C.’s engaging lyricism and dynamic delivery, the musicianship of Motif Alumni, who produced a majority of the album alongside Gwop Sullivan, Dark Keys, and O’s long standing D.I.T.C. cohort—Showbiz, leave an etching effect on the listener’s brain.
Together, they provide a sound that blends the modern and old-school vibes that fans of O.C. will no doubt love. But he’s quick to make it clear that he’s not stuck in some past mindset:
“I consider myself as an artist, period. I’m not a ‘90s artist if i’m still making music 20 years later,” he says. “Some people get stuck in time, I haven’t—that’s the difference between me and some others.”
Same Moon Same Sun: A New Dawn is now available through all digital retailers and streaming platforms via Slice Of Spice/D.I.T.C.