The artist better known as Forever started life out as Michael Harewood from Boston Massachusetts. Growing up in a broken home informed his music that reaches out to the mainstream public to plant seeds of hope that will help grow and awaken the truth. Forever transcends many cultures and age groups with his music that is moreover inspired by the Spirit with a passion to help bring light into a dark world.
Forever is a true artist in the way that he overlays traditional hip hop beats with other musical genres that don’t necessarily gel with that whole flavour. Take the opening track ‘I’m Still Here’ that starts off with a searing guitar solo that sits underneath a steady and delicious hip-hop beat. The release then flows into the oriental-infused ‘I Believe’ that is accompanied by a quicker beat than the track previous. It is a catchy, uplifting track that really relates back to Forever’s mission and passion.
It’s about as unexpected as you can get with hip-hop when the electronic reggae vibe that starts off ‘Psychological Warfare’ kicks in. A track all about coping with adversity and dealing with a self-centred society featuring Forever’s slickest rap yet that comes in about halfway through. It is infectious and relatable and a real highlight on the release overall. The very next track is something completely different with its dramatic combination of piano and guitar in the form of ‘My Addiction’. It is the most intimate display with the dark instrumentation that pulsates alongside the raps. Switching it up again is the hidden piano underneath the beats of ‘Get Back’. It is a dynamic and angst-ridden track that is making a real statement about pushing the negativity away from all aspects of your life. The distorted vocals halfway through adds this unexpected element to the track until it fades out to the end.
These songs refresh, revive and help redirect the lives for all who listen. On this release the first few tracks really offer something different from the norm, mixing up other genres with a hip-hop beat that shouldn’t work that totally do. More traditional hip-hop beats dominate the rest of the release, with a few exceptions that come about in the form of remixes. Forever is a talented artist that is finding his way with this release and there is glimpses of his true artistry littered throughout. ~ Maggie Sapet:
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