Album of the Week: Alex Faith & Dre Murray 'Southern Lights: Overexposed'
Mon, 25 May 2015 09:47:46
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Two faith luminaries light up the scene with incredible collaborative effort.
Alex Faith & Dre Murray score Album of the Week with their collaborative opus Southern Lights: Overexposed [Collision Records]. There's nothing like it when two MCs with different styles get on the same page and record something larger than life together. Think about Method Man and Redman going all out for Blackout!, Eminem and Royce da 5'9" as Bad Meets Evil for Hell: The Sequel, or anything from UGK or OutKast. You get two distinct voices, crushing bars over the production and pushing each other to both rap better. That brings us to Alex Faith & Dre Murray's phenomenal Southern Lights: Overexposed. Both MCs came off striking solo efforts—Gold Rush: Maybe One Day for Dre and ATLast for Alex—and revved up their respective skills for this shared wax.
As far as the faith circuit goes, these Alex and Dre remain two of its truest treasures. Initially, the pair met when they were touring together in 2013, and they instantly clicked. Alex comes from Atlanta and taps into the city's deft bounce and quick cadence, while Dre touts a trademark Houston flow that's both muscular and vital. Threading together a poignant and potent narrative, everything commences with the firestarter of an opener "Overexposed," quickly illuminating their chemistry and throwing in a cameo from Sean C. Johnson. Collision label mate Swoope's distinct sound courses through the hyper-kinetic "Wake Up Music" as Dre and Alex both charge forward with acrobatic verses.
Watch the Video for "Wake Up Music"