Release Date: Nov 15, 2005
Record label: ROIR
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Rap
Mike Ladd's mellow approach to hip-hop isn't so much a weakness as it is knowing what makes a good old-school groove and sticking to it. "Apt. C2" is a somewhat ambient, airy track featuring a nice bassline that isn't quite trip-hop but nears that territory. "Awful Raw" features harder, rapid-fire rhymes that are accented perfectly by a thick backbeat that is catchy and ominous at the same time.
It would be cliché to suggest that Mike Ladd is not of this planet. But just three minutes into his latest, Father Divine long-player, it’s apparent that while his body might reside on our plane of existence, his musical incantations are grounded in the celestial. To those familiar with Ladd’s other projects (Infesticons/Majesticons, et al) Divine shares a similar aesthetic with much of his earlier work.