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Wordsworth: Mirror Music

Wordsworth: Mirror Music

Label:Halftooth Records
Release Date:2005
Genre:Hip Hop/Rap

By Andrea D. Wilson | Posted 2/9/2005

Wordsworth first gained recognition at New York’s underground freestyle jam session Lyricist Lounge, as a co-creator of MTV’s 2000 The Lyricist Lounge Show, and for his rapid-fire delivery and skillful wordplay. Now the Brooklyn, N.Y.-bred MC emerges from a several-year absence with his long-awaited debut, Mirror Music, which is pleasantly atypical of Wordsworth’s battle-MC image.

Straying from his usual comical insults and clever anecdotes, Wordsworth instead offers a reflective peek into his world. Most of Mirror Music’s 20 tracks are intimate tales of inner-city life and the proverbial struggles of budding adulthood. “Be a Man” is a personal ode about the rocky road to independence while “One Day” addresses listless living: “It’s like I’ve been sleepwalking ’cause I’m lost and behind/ And even when I was awake I was asleep all the time.”

Wordsworth doesn’t neglect his battle-inspired roots, though, dressing down feeble MCs on “Gotta Pay” with “A lot of MCs when they see me on the streets try me/ But they only claim to fame is getting beat by me.” Mirror isn’t without a few rough spots, like the honest attempt at a heart-wrenching tale of social dissonance in “Unity,” where Wordsworth’s muffled lyrics sound out of sync with the gawky guitars. In the end, it’s still Wordsworth’s rhymes that shine, and Mirror Music proves that he can work the booth just as well as the freestyle cipher.

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