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Review: All is forgiven – Suspect 5, Jorge, B-Flex and C-Major

Rappers that double as producers always have one problem, they never wanted to be rappers, probably they only ended up in front of the mic after all the other rappers failed to see their vision.

You always got to feel the same when you listened to Jorge, his ideas not anywhere near the box, in fact, it would be clear to state that he kicks the box and works on top of it.

But he has not always matched the skill he throws into his production to that of his lyrical delivery, it always felt like he kicked his own ass but made it hard for you to be mad at his ‘there there’ flow because you knew he killed whichever machinery he used to craft the beat.

All is Forgiven, at the moment credited as the first Ugandan hip hop song of 2018 may actually be a new page, probably his New year new me moment.

The 4:38 minute multi-ligual rap song addresses issues around life like loss, betrayal, moving that are addressed by Suspect 5, Jorge, B-Flex and C-Major respectively.

Much as many of the things they sing about like growing up with a single mother are those everyday people have gone through, the delivery of these verses on All is Forgiven gives them a different dimension since they seem so true and emotional.

The song tags on piano keys to create a bed that’s breath taking – played in two different music keys, they easily ride on a global tested but rarely used formula that focuses on rap and a piano.

Not that rap songs don’t use pianos, we are just talking about those that have made the piano the highlight like Kanye West’s Runaway, Macklamore and Ryan Lewis’ Same Love or Dr. Dre’s Still.

Of course Jorge’s production brings on other sounds like human vocals and instruments that are distorted and thus sounding different from the way they would if they were on an acoustic set.

But with or without the manipulated sounds, All is Forgiven’s biggest production credit is clean piano playing.

All that aside, all is forgiven is yet another sign that collaboration can never be boxed to basics or styles – it may not be your ordinary radio song, especially with a fact that Ugandan radios are yet to embrace rap fully but coming from the 2017 collaborative effort by Simon Elly, All is Forgiven has finally reminded us that 2018 is on.

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