My interest in Brooklyn MC ScienZe was a two prong attack from Spotify suggestions of 2013's The Dance (feat. JohnNY U.) from the album Ella, and from my brother's recommendation of Crabs and Barrels (feat. Noah Bility) off the recently released album Good Food.
ScienZe is a master storyteller when it comes to love, and while Ella was an album specifically set in the glorious yet arduous trek of a couple's love (or peril), the basis for Good Food is about just that. Nearly every track is a pairing of food with a concept or artform. Love still remains a principal factor throughout however.
Opening with a prayer over family dinner, ScienZe is deeply rooted in his belief in God and the path set before lovers on their journey. Lyrics paint stories familiar to anyone in the trade of deep feelings, relationships with yourself and the world bring according to your own tribulations, while the music produced by Lord Quest stays lofty. Q even breaks out on an interlude\health lesson during Skit by Quest. Honestly its one of the best skits I've heard in a while with archive conversation and solid verse salad.
It's summer, and as always we need the grooves to prove it through beat legends like J. Dilla. The love for Dilla can be felt on the beat for Apples and Oranges, which features Ella alum Kit on the chorus, uplifting while also contemplative in the ScienZe way.
Colours and Dates is that conversation you have in your head before and during that dreaded first date with the tenderoni you never thought you'd have a chance with. When you hesitate on which way to go with your admiration and focus of love, Sidsel Ben Semmane is the Danish danish who will feed your empty stomach of questions.
JohnNY U returns on the most bravado fuelled of tracks on the album, Proof and Pudding. Conceptually the song deals with the bullshit one goes through when trying to prove you're something greater than the basic folk you may get confused with. We all have our vices, but when inspiration strikes, one becomes unstoppable. The person you want to be is a reach, so stand on your tippy-toes. When you prove your worth, put a little seasoned flavor on it like a signature for good measure.
In line with previous recommendations from my brother, Crabs and Barrels stands out as my favorite song overall on this release. I'd probably vote it the same if it was just an instrumental, with a strong feeling of inquisition baked into the notes throughout.
Lyrically though, the track is a perfect tag-team flow, combining verses over the line "I question too many things at the same time". Some would call this a cautionary tale, full of the difficulty of coming up as a lover in the modern tech age, but more importantly an extremely relatable set of thoughts from Noah Bility on the second verse. Noah even takes the time to reference the Good Food he's a part of creating with "We eat for life, and we were taught that if 'it's sweet, it's right', remember that before you sleep at night."
You should add this to your cookout playlist this summer to give it something healthy outside all that meat. Keep an eye on the ScienZe Facebook for information and tour dates near you.
Until next time my friends,