It's been close to three years since Charlotte hip-hop duo Mr. Invisible has released an album, but It's On Us fills that void. Comprised of five quick-hitting tracks, the nearly 16-minute EP showcases the group's old-school style and high-quality production work. On "Just an Example," Mr. Invisible uses back-and-forth rhyme spitting by MCs Aswell and Ill-Use on top of a thick-and-gritty guitar riff to set the album's tone. The duo offers a bit of a chest-thumping diss track with the title song, giving warning to any weak competitors — "You're given the seven same inches, sucka I ain't playing/ saying nothing in particular, breakin' like a vehicular accident/ we're rappin' before you even knew what happened... Try as they might, they still bite the dust / you'll never get past the likes of us."
"Gimme a Break" is driven by a bass riff as Aswell's low tone brings a sauntering style a la Big Daddy Kane. "The Heist" is reminiscent of the Beastie Boys — check out Mr. I's "Sabotage"-like video on YouTube — but set apart thanks to its high-speed lyrical approach as Aswell and Ill-Use rap with precision through staccato patterns in the vein of Outkast. The only thing lacking on the EP is the jaw-dropping visual aspect witnessed at live shows when Ill-Use and Aswell use Maschines to create their sonic backdrops ... That, and more songs.
What an amazing review. You covered the recent history of the man behind the act…
Love It! Looking forward to the next Collaboration.