FOCUS THE TRUTH
He is a rapper, poet, recording artist. Versatile, soulful and talented are just some of the words that come to mind when describing FOCUS THE TRUTH after listening to his current offering BERWICK ROAD. The record plays sweetly on the ear. Mixed in London by SMOKING INDOORS whom alongside Focus deliver beats that reflect Focus’s soulful foundation and retrospective lyrics. His verses are tight and packed full with information. He’s been jamming and studying in London, he grew up in and is from South Jamaica Queens and he’s of Nigerian descent. On this record you get a vibe of his love for soul and hip hop and the two combine well on this piece of work. The bulk of the album is neo-rap and it would sit well on the same shelf as say a Common album; the beats have that retro feel. Yet there’s more, New York is clearly evident in his flow and he can spit fast he can spit slow.
The album itself has 17 tracks: ‘To Whom It May Concern’ is his introduction a little insight into who he is. ‘Queens Get The Money’ gets you bumping. Trap Simmons is the super chart friendly track suitable for the European singles chart and dance floor. TRYIN’ TO LIVE [produced by KAMO] is powerful and is one of the highest points of an altogether good album. With additional vocals from ANGHARAD MAI-RUTH.
In addition to the production skills of the Smoking Indoors team, Focus also enlists a trio of LIVE musicians [JJ Bounce] to compliment the samples and refits and this bodes well for the LIVE Focus experience that will surely follow this release. Their Berwick Road interlude [track13] inspires the theme for the September 2013 edition of our magazine | “We live for the funk We die for the funk”