Review by Debs Thomson
As his new album goes flying through the air waves, leaving comet trails in its wake, it seems that in ‘Back On Solid Ground’ we have got just that, the pleasure of hip-pop space cadet Chris Cape’s company here on earth for a while. With feet firmly rooted in hip-hop soil, microphone in hand, spitting lyrics sharp as salt and vinegar chips, Cape is back home but not the same. His travels in time and space have marked him, so too the mountains that now surround him and lift his gaze. This album climbs and fights and then sticks a flag in the ground and declares ‘Earth you are officially conquered’.
The thing with Mr Cape is that if you ever see him live you feel that you’ve entered into some kind of Bill and Ted alternate universe where music is how it’s supposed to be and all is well with the world. Then once you’re hooked he’s got some lyrical treats in store that would make Willy Wonker blush.
The Mother City pretty boy is back in the light, not the spotlight and stage make-up kind, but the natural kind, stripped back and exposing, eyes still sparkling in the sun. He’s keeping it real, telling us how it is and how it’s going to be. If you feel rap music has become a broken record of bling and hoes and pitbulls, let Chris heal you with Brixton’s culture kitchen, with yellow brick roads, appearances of Chewbacca, Christmas elves, pyjamas and lamas, originality that bounces off every beat and is sorely lacking in other efforts from his counterparts. And if you can’t take it all in just let his soulful grooves rock you and the swing sooth you or get your hair knotted in a juicy rift.
You will only have one problem with this album. Do you listen to it with notebook, pen and tooth comb, or do you put on your sexiest undies, comfiest shoes and shake your booty? Doing both at the same time could present a serious health and safety hazard.
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