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4.5 stars out of 5
Conscious hip hop artist, Courier GT, shells out a steady stream of articulate dialogue, musings, sharp clips and steady flow on his recent release, Dear Winter, the follow-up to his debut album, 2012’s Inspired. Featuring eight tracks, the tape rolls steadily from the melodic title track, to one of two featured interludes, then trails into one of the best tracks, “Guiding Light.” With observations from everything ranging from being raised in the church to rising above negativity, the track provides a major glimpse into the mind of this fast-rising hip hop artist. The tape’s standout track is “E.O.Y.,” featuring Anthony Gates. Here, Courier GT delivers driving beats layered with prophetic conversation. The main hook of “Away I go, nobody knows, where I’m goin’, I’m on this yellow brick road, to the top, but they don’t see me comin’…” intertwines rhythmic poetry with vocals and memorable verses. The track is followed by “Studio Talk” by DJ Jax-Zen and three more tracks, including an interlude featuring commentary by the legendary Chuck D. Dear Winter wraps with “’Til Infinity,” and leaves us waiting for more from this relevant voice in Colorado hip hop.
– By Silas Rowe