Ghost Unknown is an American musician based out of Charlotte NC. He has primarily done Hip Hop for over a decade and has in recent years stepped foot into the worlds of other genres and that of theatrical performances as well. Ghost Unknown recently dropped his 19 track debut studio album “7 Point Society”, featuring tracks with Art Project – an open and ongoing collaborative project headed by Dan Royer and Josh Bean. I only discovered Ghost Unknown a fortnight ago. His talent as an emcee is truly jaw dropping – blistering flow, incredible storyteller, raps that can be both deeply personal and confrontational, and sometimes really witty too. On this debut album, the Charlotte rapper shows his hunger to gain respect – not anger, but drive to prove he seriously belongs in the game.
Songs like “Life Changes” and “No More” ft. Ambiguous & JAY MAC are full of the confidence and swagger of a man on a mission who will not be stopped. He is comfortable talking about his personal aspirations in life on “I Wanna Live” ft. F.Dux & Capital Chris and the philosophical “People Round Here” ft. Dan Royer, Jaws & Ambiguous, but still has an uplifting message of hope for humanity running through the album.
Some of the best songs on the album are his character raps like “Can It Really Be” ft. Suicide Saints and “Nirvana Angeles, Dead Trees & City Lights” ft. Matt Dean, E.Low Dubb & Dan Royer.
The beats and production on this album are impeccable – your head will be bumping the entire album, but there’s still enough space for Ghost Unknown and his featured guests to rhyme. Ghost bursts out of the gates with an unstoppable power on “You’re SOL” ft. Tonya Wood and there isn’t a single weak track in the bunch from here on.
If you consider yourself even a passing fan of underground hip hop you must add this album to your library immediately. Simply put, it features some essential listening – “Demented Times” ft. D-Crisis, Dana Kerr & Marshall Alexander, “Concrete Baptism” ft. Dan Royer, Kyng Rash & KidCrusher and “People Round Here” ft. Dan Royer, Jaws & Ambiguous, among them.
None of the tracks on the album is condescending as such, and much of it is infused with the constant drive to push forward, to do better, to grind harder, and to understand more, in order to improve and sometimes even overcome the problems of this world.
With a hard-hitting delivery and words that pack an even greater punch, “7 Point Society” tackles real issues affecting real people. A relevant rapper is one who has something meaningful to say, penning words that will resonate with a broad audience. Ghost Unknown has achieved just that here.
In an increasingly polarized world at the hands everyday personal, social and cultural struggles Ghost Unknown exposes some of the world’s ugliness and our intrinsic weaknesses. Beaming with an air of honesty, you can feel the passion that Ghost Unknown puts into his music.
“7 Point Society” is a welcome work by an artist who’s put it all on the table throughout this album with sublime wordplay and otherworldly atmospherics. A stunning dose of realism when we need it most.
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Author: Buddy Nelson
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