L.A. Rapper 'Sitting Dove' Fights To Redefine 'Tone and Scope' of Hip Hop

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Sitting Dove 'Salts Every Sacred Cow’ with his new ‘Blossom (2014)’ LP. This tightly-themed, thirteen-track compilation of the Rapper's first four years of making Hip Hop music will be released exclusively on iTunes September 30, 2014. [*iTunes Preview and Pre-Order Available Now.]

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...the lyrics here could be among the most 'specifically radical' in modern Hip Hop history.

Emerging from three-plus years of ‘education and exploration’ in the studio, Sitting Dove was still looking for ways to bring his avant-garde, thinking-person approach to Hip Hop “more into the mainstream.” His search finally paid off when Sitting Dove tapped legendary Miami mix engineer/producer Lu Diaz (Pitbull, Diddy, DJ Khaled) to help streamline the album’s core sound and provide some veteran production perspective and polish. 'Mastered For iTunes' by Gene Grimaldi of Oasis Mastering, Sitting Dove is pleased to release his “tightest, best-sounding stuff” to date. *iTunes Preview and Pre-Order Available Now.

Twisted echoes of Sitting Dove’s diverse musical influences (2Pac, The Doors, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen, and Pink Floyd) garnish the audio spectrum of 'Blossom (2014)'—an album which breaks down into three sections: The Empire, Road to Rebellion, and Reconciliation. The Empire section consists of the album’s first five songs (Eye, Him, Sleaze, [the melodically-swarming, pan-sacrilegious] Visions, and Blossom). Over punchy, exotic, and other-worldly instrumentations, Sitting Dove’s raspy, legato flows paint a picture of an eerie world of kitsch where his tongue-in-cheek alter-ego, “Mr. Sleaze,” mocks the listener’s insignificance before an ever-encroaching Empire.

The Road to Rebellion songs (Outside, Great Divide, Beast Within, [a nuanced Cover of 2Pac’s] Shorty Wanna Be a Thug, and Manifesto) find Sitting Dove gathering the will to resist the Empire as he wrestles with “demons teaming” from the imperial legacy of systemic racism. While this section musically takes on a more stripped-down, earthy flavor, the lyrics here could be among the most 'specifically radical' in modern Hip Hop history.

The final three songs (‘Smoke,’ West Coast Vibe, and Here Anyway) are a Reconciliation of the album’s two conflicting worlds with the Rapper’s personal fight for individual dignity—and sanity. From a punchy, battle-drum lament to a breezy subversion of the proverbial California Dream, Sitting Dove is 'Here Anyway'—finding ‘swagger and sway’ in his heady, unapologetically 'anti-swag' approach to making Rap music.

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