Album Review: Las Supper ‘Back to the Future’

Las SupperFrom its onset, Back to the Future, the debut album from Big Daddy Kane’s (yes, that Big Daddy Kane, the B-i-g-D-a-Double d-y-K-a-n-e) new group Las Supper, is a breath of fresh air. The music is reminiscent of a time when the simplicity of love, struggle and triumph was enough to sustain the listener. Lead singer Show Tyme’s voice has the grit of a Stax frontman, and Big Daddy Kane brings an added dimension of regality and street corner commentary to match the edge of Show Tyme’s voice.

Las Supper is a mash up of styles, generations, genres and most importantly, ideas. The band is made up of Lifted Crew, a NYC-based band versed in 60s soul, 70s funk and Golden Era hip-hop that provides a soundtrack that’s easily accessible and capable of transitions from the dance floor (“I Believe in Love Again”), to the red light basement (“My Day without You”), and every room between. Show Tyme’s voice was born for this album, as he cuts through the drums and stays above the melody with the power of Otis Redding or Dennis Edwards, while Kane has toned down his trademark braggadocio for the observations of a seasoned vet who understands the roads he’s traversed with a wisdom not translated by many rappers these days.

The raw energy and passion that comes through the aforementioned “I Believe in Love Again” sets the tone for the album and really sets the stage for what amounts to a very good soul music album; soul in the sense that the lyrics are aimed directly to that part of you that has been neglected by your favorite radio station. The street corner sensibility of Kane and Show Tyme shines on “I Can’t Believe,” which has the feel of Isaac Hayes’ version of “Walk on By;” and “Shackles of the Mind,” on which Kane further showcases that he hasn’t missed a beat from his glory years while dropping jewels many young folks have missed during their rites of passage.

This album is for the lovers: lovers of music, lovers of community, lovers of self and those fighting to stay in love. “Shhh” takes the familiar story of untrusting lover and her spying friends told in a very playful way, while “My Day without You” is the tale of a lover lamenting being away from his woman. The Lifted Crew close out the album with an instrumental piece that showcases their musicality and places their bid as the breakout stars of the album with horns with a rhythm that harkens memories of The JB’s or Booker T and the MG’s.

Back to the Future has a live appeal that was created for smoky basement clubs, with a sweaty singer on lead, precision movements of the band, the synchronized sweetness of the background singers and an icon stepping outside of his cool to live the music he was brought up on. Las Supper is a throwback to a time when the music mattered and has placed themselves square in a much needed renaissance being led by indie artists and labels.

Back to the Future is available at www.LasSupper.com and through the digital retailers (iTunes and Amazon). Stay up to date with Las Supper via Facebook  and Twitter @LasSupper.

–Al-Lateef Farmer

Between rhetoric and reality is where you’ll find Al-Lateef Farmer: Black man, husband, social documentarian, and slinger of Soul by the pound. His brand of social commentary rooted in independent thought can be found at http://worldaccording2teef.com, and on Twitter @wrldacrdng2teef.

One Comment

  1. Armando says:

    This album is incredible. It’s my hip hop album for 2013. I have never heard an album like this. This combination of vintage soul and vintage hip hop will leave you in a trance. Kane has not lost a step on the mic and he drops some of the best verses I’ve ever heard from him. The Lifted Crew do their thing and Show Tyme’s voice is a definite throw back to the Mo Town days… Only draw back is that it is only available on ITunes or MP3 but damn it. This is a MUST HAVE. Go out there and pay for it. It’s worth it.

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