In an era of music where it has been overly stated that pertinent genres such as Hip-Hop and R&B are "dying," Music in the Makin Presents: The Dream serves as a reminder that both are still very much alive. "The Dream" is presented by Sofistafunk Entertainment and features some of the most notably gifted artists in the Midwest.
The album begins with a short intro in which its producer, Polk, and other featured artists discuss how their love of music came to be. Next, 'Hello' sets the tone for The Dream and commences to take the listener on a rewarding journey filled with live instruments, creative lyricism and unfiltered soul. This track provides instant assurance that those seeking to be both entertained and engaged are in very good hands.
The title track is a dreamers anthem, offering encouragement to all those who have been trying, and trying, and trying to achieve something but just aren't quite there yet. On 'The Dream' F.U.S.E. lets you know that you are not alone, providing an honest glimpse into his own frustrations with:
Some say my prime passing/ I'm getting older too/ And I'm Rapping like d*mn/ My time is overdue/ Bitter like your ex-boyfriend that ain't got over you
After this, over raindrops and piano keys, Dork spits a sorrowful tale on 'Storytellers' of a young woman caught up in chasing glitz and glamour-- attempting to be viewed as a potential wife, and not just another "groupie."
He called her beautiful/ Over a table suitable/ for a king and queen/ with no thoughts of a ring
As an excellent follow, 'SNL' features the beautiful voice of Morisha Danee' on the chorus. When the songstress says so effortlessly smooth, "I know we will be great one day," you believe her. SNL is a mellow, melodic celebration of life and what's to come.
Those who will certainly be left craving more Danee' after SNL are satisfied on 'What a Feeling.' She gets this track all to herself and takes full advantage of the spotlight.
Fitz closes out the album, along with Polk on 'Touch the Sun.' A perfect ending to a project which offers both heavy subject matter and feel-good rhymes, this conclusion allows listeners to leave on a musical high from the latter. Fitz contributes to the lightness of the track with musings of a special lady and the declaration that while currently in search of his destiny, tomorrow he will "touch the sun."
Each artist making an appearance on The Dream offers a distinctively different sound. This is part of what makes the album so great-- as the collective boldly and refreshingly invites you to "Listen Different."
Music in the Makin Presents: The Dream is available now on iTunes.