NOTHING ENDS, JUST CHANGES – RIGANO
Rigano balances so much so well – social dialogue, social issues, humor, introspection, musicality – and it’s always a treat to hear his new projects. His new EP Nothing Ends, Just Changes is no different.
I’m finally so old I don’t know what people are sincere about and what they’re being ironic about but I like to think not so old that I can’t recognize if it sounds good, which this really does.
"Hills" is the video single out so far for this record which I think is appropriate- it’s a standout and a great encapsulation of the artist Rigano’s incredulous grinning attitude towards life.
I knew youth culture would have another pro-boom-bap backlash to recent generations of hip-hop production’s sound but I didn’t think it would happen so soon. These artists aren’t as slavish to the 90’s sound as the 2015 wave of boom-bap revivalists were in my estimation though, and there’s songs here that sound like fun takes on 2000s club bangers (“lefthand”) done with just as much spirit and wit. The productions from Astroblk, Wolfstone, Sample and others here are so cool, so smart and so artsy and dense while also inviting and deferential to the vocalist. If you told me all these producer kids (“kids” in the sense that they are young), from Phantom Thrett all the way down (“down” in the sense of younger than the previous person mentioned) were all doing psychedelic tunnel excavation to extract sound nuggets for the kind of shit they do, I’d believe you. I love the drumless album closer "golden ticket".
The features are great, add good energy to the songs they're on and satisfy fans like me who often think of the MC Rigano in context with his several crews like Chamber of Cyphers and Intl Waters. Rigano’s ability to keep calm amidst the delirium and reverie of it all partly makes his songmaking style, I think. I want to say drink deep of it but we’ll need an LP for that!
Tristan "Tanjint Wiggy" Acker is a staff writer for Zus Entertainment, a Jooseboxx and Untapped Hip-Hop contributor, and member of the Inland Empire, California based nerdculture hip-hop group the West Coast Avengers