Full Nelson: From the Block to the Booth (El Pro/Rare Breed Music)

Nelson El 

Full Nelson: From the Block to the Booth (El Pro/Rare Breed Music)

Kansas brothers are way, way real. Ain't no bubblegum, candy-coated rapping going on in the 913. True to that testament is Nelson El's latest release, a ten-song EP that previews a 30-song double disc due out later this year. Full Nelson is Nelson El's re-entry to the area's independent, underground scene after a stint in New York shopping the disc to representatives from Def Jam and Universal Records. Based on its thought-provoking lyrical content, the disc is a head-bobbing, mellowed-out listen; but it's the club-banging, radio-inspired "To a Boss" (produced by KC's own Lil' Ronnie) that is the disc's standout track. A sultry-voiced female croons on the hook: It's really nothing to a boss/The way he looks/The way he talks/Got 50 carats in the cross/And it don't matter what it cost. Nelson El's determination to stretch the boundaries of his music and employ more mainstream techniques on "To a Boss" and songs such as "Whatever You Want" and "Like This" (also produced by Lil' Ronnie) may be just what the 913 (and the 816) needs as it attempts to break the pigeonholing hold the industry has placed upon area rappers, MCs, entertainers and their nut-grabbing, mean-mugging posturing.

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