Newcomer rapper Ooggz is completely self-funded, and has just released his debut EP on his Soundcloud page, Welcome to Neptune, along with a video for the first single off the album, “Come on Down.” The tracks on Welcome to Neptune have radio likeability, but also convey a very positive and heartfelt message.
The single “Come on Down,” featuring Ayanna Williams and produced by Cash Jordan, welcomes listeners to Ooggz’s Neptunian world with an opening spoken word poem before he launches into smooth, almost sultry verses. The backing track is very high quality, and sounds a little like a radio R&B song from the 90s, but there is much more to it than that.
All of Ooggz’s rhymes, despite the popular cache of the beats behind them, are laced with much deeper meanings, and it is obvious that he is focused on getting those messages out to as many people as he can. Each stanza is carefully written and thought-provoking, making Ooggz more of a poet than a rapper, though he might take exception to that classification as he clearly also has a deep love for hip hop and its history. The first track on Welcome to Neptune, entitled “Get Em,” for example, is a veritable tour of hip hop history. From Ooggz’s rhythmic rhyming which sounds like old school rap to producer Jeremy Rocwell’s funky backing melodies and snares, to Ooggz’s built in Dirty South hooks, “Get Em” is the most radio-friendly song in an EP of radio-friendly songs. This and all the tracks, however, contain lyrics about right motivation, right action, yin and yang and following through with goals. Lofty subjects for what some may deem as club songs. Ooggz’s lyrics command attention from the listener even while grooving or enjoying the beats, and his ability to couch such strong messages in danceable tracks is a talent not often seen in today’s hip hop landscape. Here’s hoping Ooggz is able to bring lots of fans with him to Neptune.
Welcome to Neptune is currently available for free download and streaming on Oogz’s Soundcloud page. He is expecting major touring in the next few months.
Written by Layla Marino
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