Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ain't On His Level- Mr. X

Tariq Albury aka “Mr. X” is indeed a musical force to be reckoned with. Mr. X has been on the Bahamas’ musical scene since he was fifteen (15) and his skill has skyrocketed since then. The hobby of writing words to convey emotions developed into a rap art form. With a new way of expression, Mr. X found another way to communicate to the masses. His ability to string words together leaves the listener eager to hear what the next sixteen (16) bars will be. However, although his music is greatly accepted by his peers, Mr. X does not write solely for others approval.

Mr. X is in many ways like the famous Romantic poet John Keats, who understood the therapeutic qualities of music. As Keats wished to fly away on the “viewless wings of Poesy”, from the mundane and dreary, so does Mr. X. With that in mind, it is no surprise that Mr. X is a front-runner in BASS. He views BASS as a positive force of like-minded individuals that wants to propel rap music to higher heights in the Bahamas. It must also be mentioned that BASS, for Mr. X, is an extension of the rap trio (more like brothers), consisting of Skully and Traviz-the artist formerly known as Big T R.I.P (Respect Is Power)

Although the goal is the same, each BASS member brings something new and exciting to the table. For Mr. X, he cherishes the fact that his music is filled with vocabulary and deeper concepts than the average rapper. In one particular song called “Closer to My Dreams”, which is inspired by the song of the same name by Goapele, he describes the song as, “The song "Closer to my dreams" the song was meant to talk about struggles and obstacles faced coming up in the rap game. "In my verse, I compared myself to a domestic slave working hard just to improve myself, as i thought everyone was against me, and the only ones there with me were my brothers (Traviz and Jared) cause they were slaves in the rap game as well. Rappers just need to think more rather than being so common because eventually people get tired of hearing the same thing over and over again. They lack substance!”

There he goes, challenging others to be the best that they can be. He’s not trying to scare you, he’s trying to prepare you.

Check out some of his tracks on Also keep it posted here for the BASS mixtape which is coming soon!

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