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Phil’s Pick of the Week: SUM – “Oblivion”

Like Bowie’s enigmatic ‘Ziggy Stardust’, LA-based rapper SUM grapples with his status as Rock-star/Christ-like figure as he crashes towards an Earth he may no longer know. The Blockhead produced cut ‘Oblivion’ from the album Dragon Vol 1. is wrapped in this “would-be” hip hop savior’s metaphors:

Tryin’ to finish my journal/knowin’ no one will ever read it

This ancient traveler has returned with the knowledge of the cosmos, but is anyone still here on the outsourced, ravaged earth to hear him? Like a PM Dawn jam session with Gary Numan orchestrating and Rakim toasting the ceremony, SUM prays for the future and a safe landing. We pray you stick around to see how things turn out when he lands his new album ‘Black Water Rebellions, Dragon Vol 2.’ Summer 2014. Stay tuned, true believers.

About P.Downes

A Los Angeles-based Bajan, rude boy from Boston, P. Downes (Writer/Film & Independent Music Editor) is a card-carrying music and comic book geek with dreams of making movies. He's a published comic book writer, most notably "Killer Ape and Other City Stories," a collaboration with Greg Moutafis about a black, punk band who comes of age on the night of the LA Riots. Rumor has it that he types his articles in Spider-man Underoos for good luck.

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