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Mission Ispossible

by TrueBless

Real hip-hop that inspires, motivates and uplifts. Intelligent lyrics.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: East Coast
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1. Intro
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2. Hot Trax
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3. Mission Ispossible
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4. Hip-hop Aristocrats Ft. Scholarman
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5. Interlude
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6. Melodic Wings Ft. Deuce Deuce
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7. They Dont See
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8. Sound the Same Ft. Mac Truc, Chaneese
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9. Thankful
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10. Price to Pay
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11. Put Your Lighters Up
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12. Pray for Me
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13. Second Seed
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As hip-hop continues to evolve, many artists within the genre come and go. Some contribute greatly to the music and culture while others desecrate it. At various times throughout the history of any movement, someone or something great comes along with one mission: to revolutionize.

Please welcome TrueBless, gifted with words, loved by many, soon to be respected by all. TrueBless, also known as Bless for short, is a former Lakewood, NJ resident now living in PG County, MD. TrueBless has been rhyming since the late eighties and has dedicated himself to the craft.

Bless, an alumni of Delaware State University, is not only gifted on the microphone but also on the basketball court. At one point during his career, he managed to land a spot on the Portland Trailblazers summer league roster. Now Bless has a new mission; as a loving father, he has changed his focus from sports to becoming a leader through music; to assist the younger black community to strive for something more than what the streets have to offer. His mission is to educate, motivate and build the ambition of young people not only where he resides, but also anywhere where his music may reach. Bless is tired of the same thing, the same excuses, the same lifestyle that many of our misguided fall into. He understands the power of words and music; through both mediums, he is here to assist others in reaching their goals.

Bless has been developing his talent for many years; he has voluntarily sat in the background with one goal in mind: to sponge in what hip-hop has to offer. He has been featured on numerous albums, performed at many venues, spoken at several schools in the Maryland area, acted in various plays but more importantly, he has changed the lives of many young people. Now he is reaching higher and wider by releasing his debut album "Mission ISpossible."

The title speaks for itself, the meaning "every mission is possible." Every goal can be reached; every dream can come true; it takes faith and determination. These are the key aspects of his album; Bless wants to deliver a message that many have heard before but presented in his own innovative way. "Keep hope alive" worked well for our elders, now its time for a new motivational slogan for this generation; a revised plan of attack on our problems," states Bless. "Many events and people are the inspiration for this album," says Bless. "[…] my family, friends and of course many hip-hop greats like KRS-One, Public Enemy, Common, Jay-Z and more."

For booking, advanced copies of the album or interviews please contact Cameron Schmidt @ cameroncschmidt@gmail.com

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Sara

Great!
I love it!
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Patrick (RapReviews.com)

Great Album!
Maryland MC TrueBless wins the award for least promising album cover of the year. From its groan-inducing title to the drawing of TrueBless wearing a cape, "Mission IsPossible" lacks what the design world calls "quality cues." Luckily, the music is much better than the album cover would suggest. The album sounds good, and even includes a lot of extras like photos and lyric documents on the disc. This is something more independent artists should do. It saves money in printing costs, and gives the consumer some additional value, allowing them to connect more with the artist and the music.

ScholarMan handles most of the production, and does an admirable job. The pronounced snare snaps had me thinking of DJ Premier, and somber soul reminded me of classic East Coast artists like Nas and Mobb Deep. Highlights include"Hot Trax," which mixes chopped vocal samples with bombastic drums; "Melodic Wings," which has a melodic, jazzy vocal sample; and "I'm So Thankful," which has a mournful sped-up soul hook that was almost like a leftover track from J Dilla's "Donuts." The only real dog on here is "Sound the Same," which was produced by Low Key Productions and sounds like the generic, pointless hip hop that the song is criticizing.

TrueBless proves himself to be a capable MC, clearly drawing inspiration from East Coast MCs like Rakim and Jay-Z, and Midwestern rappers like Common and Kanye. However, where a lot of rappers rhyme about the struggles of the street, TrueBless raps about the much more personal struggles of being a father, losing a parent, and getting divorced. The album starts with TrueBless making his statement of purpose, declaring "Anyone who has ever existed was sent here on a mission. Now I must admit, I still don't know what mine is, but I'm seeking the vision, I'm ready to face whatever to make things right again, and it doesn't matter if I fail as long as I try."

The overwhelming, raw sincerity all over the album acts as both a strength and a weakness. It is a strength because it imbues the music with a level of intensity and meaning that goes deeper than what a lot of MCs are offering. "I'm So Thankful" is a letter to his deceased mother describing her death and how her passing has affected him. It is a powerful song that gives us an almost uncomfortable level of insight into TrueBless's life and feelings:

"Your death brought so much pain into my little world
I can't look at pictures of when you were sick
So I stare at the photos of you as a little girl
Tripping off how much my daughters have your eyes
You know it's still hard for me to envision you perishing
Though they say sometimes we lose the good things in life in order to cherish them
I refuse to go to your grave and weep
You're not there
You live through me
My seeds, my deeds
Love eternally"

This intense emotional sincerity can also be a weakness. TrueBless hits that switch over and over again, and sometimes it is too much. At the end of the emotional "Pray For Me," he is literally in tears, declaring "My sons hear me crying at the end of this track. Real men cry! I'm about to lose everything but my mission is still possible. I'm a man standing before you crying, hurtin'!" It is as uncomfortable to listen to as if you were watching the guy cry right in front of you.

Maybe it is unfair to criticize a rapper for keeping it too real. Isn't it better to have artists rapping about real human experiences rather than floss about material possessions, or brag about being a criminal? I think it is, but the fact remains that I wasn't as into "Mission IsPossible" as I wanted to be. I think if TrueBless had added a little more levity to the mix, it would have made his more intense moments easier to appreciate, and given the listener some more musical and emotional variety. As it stands, "Mission IsPossible" is still a solid album by an MC who is clearly keeping hop hop real and true to its roots.

7.5 out of 10
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Jaylan

Sweet
This album is mad tight!
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celso

good stuff
This is an excellent CD... pick up a copy already...!!!
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ScholarMan

It's about time!
Glad to have been apart!
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