Released today through New Dawn Records, the new album “Urban Testimony” by Justo the MC and Edinburgh lofi hip hop producer Brelstaff is online everywhere.
The entire theme is documented in a deeply personal narrative depicting events during and after the Brooklyn rapper’s curtailed and troubled time studying at Clark Atlanta University. Details unfold of a conflicted mind on a potential escape route to academia staring rapidly on a hedonistic path and the consequences incurred. While regrets are clear, the spirit of resilience prevails. Emerging scathed but undaunted and emboldened by second chances, the final scenes present a renewed sense of optimism for the future with lessons duly learned.
A fascinating and brutally honest account is relayed through trademark slick rhymes and deft lyricism, the art of storytelling set to a suitably atmospheric soundtrack provided by Brelstaff’s blend of soulful chilled lofi hip hop beats and ambient electronica. Essential listening.
Justo will be performing tracks from the album on Saturday November 18th at Deep Dive in Ithaca as a special guest of Anthony Kannon and Frost Gamble for their “Cautionary Tales” album launch event.
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