Milwaukee Artist of the Week – 4/11/14 – Bliss & Alice

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Sometimes, timing is everything. This week’s Milwaukee Artist of the Week, Bliss & Alice, emailed me his mixtape, “Poetry Volume One – The Shit Talker Tape” at around 4:30, just as I was leaving work. When I saw that, I decided to stream it in my car on the way home. A few songs in, I hit construction, and sat through the gridlock listening to most of this tape. Then, just as I was about to get home, three cars took up the space where one car was supposed to turn onto a very busy Howard Ave., and so I sat again. I ultimately ended up finishing the tape in my car, but about two songs in, I knew that Bliss & Alice had to be our selection for this week.

Quite simply, “Poetry Volume One” is an all out lyrical attack. Plain and simple. Bliss & Alice makes isn’t subtle about it, claiming it from the intro of “Apex” the first track of the tape. While that may be a bold claim to many, he backs it up and then some. With a background as a poet, you can hear how his delivery is slightly different from a rapper, but he uses that to his advantage. There are multiple sections of rapid fire delivery that would put a lot of rappers to shame. Bliss & Alice just has a very natural style, making it sound effortless as he spits through some clever wordplay and bounces from syllable to syllable.

It should also be noted that “Poetry Volume One” features some smooth production, as well. Rather than big beats or trap music, the instrumentals tend to skew toward more of a backpack sound. There are other points where Bliss & Alice raps over classical sounding tracks, such as “Mademoiselle” which is essentially a poem over a dramatic piano. Other points, such as “Sin City Special”, feature some incredible samples that are tweaked just enough to take a song to the next level. With the ultra smooth flow, and smooth beats to go with it, the tape is, well, smooth. No other word really could describe it.

It’s not an overstatement to say that “Poetry Volume One” is worth every second of the time that you spend listening to it. I highly recommend downloading it, which you can do below via Bandcamp. Keep an eye out for Bliss & Alice, because this is only his debut, and he can only get better from here. But when this is your start, he doesn’t even really need to get better.

For more Bliss & Alice, check him out on Facebook, Twitter, and SoundCloud.

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