REVIEW: STL GLD Album Release Party (02/17)

STL GLD is a heavyweight duo in the Boston Hip Hop scene. Two time “Hip Hop Artist of the Year” winner, Moe Pope, and the reigning “Studio Producer of the Year”, The Arcitype, released their sophomore album Torch Song. The record shines brightly as it features both artists, that in my opinion, eclipses their previous works in both content and authentic musicality.

Torch Song is the accumulation of the external pressures Black American’s face everyday. Moe Pope draws from these pressures in creating his lyrical diamond that is Torch Song. Arc’s production is well directed and sophisticated, while still retaining its strength and beauty. Moe’s unique and varied flows are synergistically woven into the album. Arcitype illuminates Moe’s nuanced delivery with great prowess and attention to detail. This is one complete ass album and it was put on full display at their sold out album release party.

From visual displays, to incredibly impassioned performances, STL GLD challenges its audience to confront the reality that Black Americans face daily. This album is a statement, it’s a protest, and it’s fucking beautiful.

Shoutout to Rain and Lightfoot for opening the show and serenading the crowd with dope original beats. Rayel followed with a soulful performance cut with her tenacious delivery and creative storytelling. Avenue direct opened for STL GLD to complete a fantastic bill. His new album Mass Ave and Lenox is coming soon.