Vision the Kid’s ‘Golden Era’ is a wonderful homage to 1990s hip hop
When listening to Vision the Kid, there’s a few things to keep in mind before you can truly discover what makes him great.
Firstly, he’s not Eminem. You might think he sounds like him, but listen some more, and you start to understand why that’s a superficial comparison.
Secondly, don’t expect his new demo to sound like a traditional album with songs that fit the verse-chourus-verse structure.
Vision the Kid is a Milwaukee-born rapper now based in the booming Minneapolis scene. On his latest release he kicks it old-school with the help of Noam the Drummer, who brings 90’s beats that add to the feel.
In a statement on the press release, Vision the Kid states, “ “This is my homage to the Hip Hop I grew up with, the Hip Hop that made me love Hip Hop. Salute to all the 90s heads.”
With that in mind, “Golden Era” feels fresh and new while at the same time nostalgic, like something you’d hear from KRS One or Grandmaster Flash. The lyrics are smart as they are catchy.
Fully independent, Vision the Kid’s single “Lost Summer” from his debut album of the same name, is featured on MTV.com along with an MTV artist page. The album peaked at No. 12 on CollegeMedia Journal’s Hip Hop charts. It stayed on the charts for more than 10 weeks.
“Golden Era” is less album and more stream-of-conscious rhyming with no real song structures, but that’s not a bad thing.
Listening to the two tracks, it feels like you’ve sneaked in a club to see a talented rapper drop some freestyle over crazy beats.
It’s hard to believe Vision the Kid is not signed to some major label as he’s clearly got the rhyming skills to do so. He’s got a natural flow that makes listening to him a joy.
In fact, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t blow up on the national scene before too long.
For those of you who love indie hip hop, get in while you can and say you were into him before he made it big. We believe he most certainly will.