Raven from Crate Cartel dropped a new album back in December 2010 titled Ravenous 2010 and it’s definitely something you shouldn’t be missing out on. There’s some great guest verses on this album from Crate Cartel label mates Maundz, Luke Mac, Geko, Aetcix & Fatty Phew, along with Vents, Spit and Myk Reid.
This is Raven‘s second solo album after his first effort in 2007, Humble Beginnings and his previous efforts with Lost Soulz and his duo with Geko. Aside from the Guest verses, there’s a total of 9 Raven solo tracks on the album, the best of which would have to be the lead single, Devil’s Advocate & Pusher Man. Read the press release below for more info or checkout the lead single Devil’s Advocate right now on YouTube and buy the album direct from Crate Cartel or on iTunes.
Available: December 3rd, 2010
Released by: Crate Cartel
Distributed by: Obese Records
Following the success of his debut solo album Humble Beginnings (2008), Raven is back with his sophomore release Ravenous 20Ten. Rising through the underground of Melbourne Hip-Hop as an emcee with the group Lost Soulz, Raven emerged as a lyricist to watch out for. Featuring as a member of the Hungry Humans crew and Crate Cartel Records, he has cemented a name for himself as a well respected artist with vivid lyrical content and strong presence.
Ravenous 20Ten combines traditional Hip-Hop with personal and politically charged topics to create a concept album where Raven observes two worlds; the world that immediately surrounds him and the world that surrounds us all. It is a journey through the different stages of Ravens adult life. Starting with the powerful “Ravenous 20Ten Intro” the emotive soundscape combined with Ravens technical flow demand the listeners? attention which is then held from start to Finish.
On the opening crowd pleasers “Pusher Man” and “Barb Wire (ft. Maundz)” We learn of Ravens love for the raw spirit of hip hop which is ever current in all his music. From here we are taken to the streets of Melbourne on tracks like “Beer Pressure” and “That Attitude” Which summarise the highs and lows of a night out on the town. The vibe changes at this point with Raven being whisked into the daily grind on the moody “Devils Advocate” which delves into the pressure of the corporate world and the sacrifices that are required to survive it. On “I’m an Emcee” and “Fitness” he bounces back to his roots as an emcee in impressive fashion.
On the second half of the album Raven uses his ability to give his detailed perspective on the world. One of the
albums biggest surprises is “The Hermit Song” produced by Brisbane’s latest super-producer Cam Bluff (Vegas Aces). This anthemic banger pays homage to those who quite frankly would rather just stay home! Assisting on the mic are fellow Crate Cartel emcees Fluent Form, Geko and Maundz, Geelong’s Insomniacs Fatty Phew, Luke Mac and Spit, long time affiliate Aetcix and Myk Reid and Adelaide’s Certified Wise member Vents.
Ravenous 20Ten features production from some of Australia’s most sort after producers including Geko, Cam Bluff and WIK plus more. Canadian heavy hitter Engineer (Diabolic, Immortal Technique, Rhyme Asylum) also adds his sound to round out the album. Emotionally driven, this is a story of parties, protests and procrastination! This is Ravenous 20Ten.
Tour dates for Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Geelong and Melbourne have been scheduled for early 2011.
01. Ravenous 20Ten Intro
02. Pusher Man
03. Barb Wire (ft. Maundz)
04. Beer Pressure
05. That Attitude
06. Devil’s Advocate
07. I’m An Emcee
09. My Generation Is (ft. Fluent Form and Geko)
10. The Righteous and The Wretched (ft. Vents)
12. The Hermit Song
13. What The Future Holds (ft. Geko and Luke Mac)
14. Final Decision
15. Hush (ft. Aetcix, Luke Mac, Spit, Myk Reid, Geko and Fatty Phew)