The refreshing sound of nostalgia and seamless songwriting is such a rare blend in hip hop these days. But that is exactly what you get west side duo, Children of Illios. The rap phenoms have been making a bit of noise with their two visuals done by none other than Visual Mecca. Awaiting Arrival EP is a taste of the sound of the duo made up of Musa Reems and Cairo Jones. Though each rapper can stand alone, the blend of the two is near perfection. Cairo speaks to the mature young artists: “Prudent with this music because i have no time for losing,” he raps on the Intro as he tells of focus, loyalty, and love, in such a direct and cool way. Musa speaks to the champion in everyone: “Ever since the fetus, I been defeating the leaders,” raps Musa as he lets the bars speak for themselves.
The production is also very commendable. Long time friend and collaborator LordxLumo produced most of my favorites on the album, including Vagabonds and Klementine. Vagabonds is a catchy tune documenting the plight of each member in a lighthearted tone with mild mannered bars throughout. Klementine is tale of an encounter with a goddess that the Children encounter. A few personal favorites include SOLmate which is a self-produced track that includes spoken word poetry. The track exemplifies talent, as it has a different feel than the rest of the tape. It is much more sonically organic. Dope Dos(e) is also an incredible track where Illios is just too smooth over an instrumental that samples a record reminiscent of barbecues at my grandmother’s house. Simply, cool.
Overall the Awaiting Arrival EP served its purpose and then some. It is a solid body of work that gives a taste of their sound. Their debut mixtape is set to release later this year but for now enjoy this work of art below.
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