By P80 Parks
Teller: “This one kinda heavy; it’s not a very feel good album..”
With The Grotesque and The Beautiful, Teller gives fans his most personal project to date. Perhaps not as dark and ominous production-wise as most of his Blaq Knight collaborations were previously, but his lyrical content shows Teller battling his demons, struggling with the state of the world and trying to cement his place as an artist in an ever-expanded and crowded field.
The project is fully produced by Ed Glorious and features midwest poetic spitters Sleep Sinatra and Aakeem Eshu. Ed Glorious puts down an airy vibe on “Apex Predators” for Teller and Aakeem to just float on. Other highlights include “Paul Bearer,” showing an insightful and poignant Teller spitting over powerful, chopped vocal loops. Ed and Teller coalesce nicely on The Grotesque and The Beautiful, with more hopefully in store as a result of this collaborative effort.
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