Album Review: ISTHISFORREAL? by The Koreatown Oddity
Fantastic, Based on 2 Critics
The Line of Best Fit - 90 Based on rating 9/10
After starting out as a comedian, Dominique Purdy later emerged with a voracious output appetite with an enviable list of mixtapes and albums, including 2020's excellent Little Dominique's Nosebleed - an autobiographically presented album based around a childhood incident. Following up on this cult favourite was always going to be a task. On ISTHISFORREAL?, his fifth solo outing, the Stones Throw Records signee widens his scope by begging the titular question through a skit-filled mockumentary offering.
Though he's been making music for years, Dominique Purdy formally introduced himself into the underground experimental rap scene as The Koreatown Oddity with 2020's 'Little Dominique's Nosebleed'. It was a masterclass in modern narrative, following Purdy as he recounted how two car accidents forever altered his life in Koreatown, Los Angeles. The attention 'LDN' brought to his work is central to the premise 'ISTHISFORREAL?' using his trademark surrealist humour and creativity.