“Untitled: Accepting Ideas from God” by Marvel (Album Review)
Marvel is an artist who lives up to the tittle. A very perceptive and driven individual, his latest creation “Untitled: Accepting Ideas from God” is just that. Over the course of the album it feels as though he approached the studio a blank canvas and gave full control to God to paint the melodies of life needed to be spoken upon. Untitled is an interconnected exploration of black life set to a ambiance where you’re duty-bound to light a blunt but have another rolled, kick back your feet… cut off the lights and let your thoughts journey out.
Marvel sets the tone early with the contagious “Intro”. The sweeping bells arrange for a comforting but unnerving lullaby filled sensitivity as Marvel’s tuneful stream plays tour guide through the Black American nightmare with lyrics such as “Better open your eyes wide and wake up. They poisoned a whole population… I can tell by the conversations… that I have with the kids that’s half my age…just…livin’ life with no patience... 106 and park got ‘em all gassed up. Light a match up, they’ll blaze up!” which ironically could be used in direct relation to the catastrophe befallen the people of Flint, Michigan. Marvel illustrates he’s not one to hold back his beliefs for instance there’s the questioning of Christian imagery used in direct association to America’s condescending conduct towards minorities “gave us a white Jesus, hail to white people. But I bet that was the whole intention tho”. By the end of the track you will indeed feel the world does maybe have us hypnotized.
This venture reflects a pronounced sense of carefully fashioned concepts and reverberations being able to mesh well as you travel further along. The listener becomes aware very quickly that one of the things that Marvel stands for is manhood and its role in family. He flexes his artistry switching things up a bit with a spoken word track. Marvel cunningly flows from the approach of a young black woman in “Daughterless Father” spilling her overflown “you’re making it hard for me to be my best. When I should feel blessed. Instead you have cursed me to not trust. And sleep without rest.” The track ends with an unpretentious but commanding inquiry of will we be the men we are needed to be?frustrations out towards the man who wasn’t there to raise her
The theme of family continues with records like “Parents”, the jubilant “Father’s Day” where he proudly boasts his affection from his precious daughter “every day I wake up, I think about your beautiful smile…” while recognizing he is a King to an princess he gives praises while reminiscing his mother with lines like “Hate you can’t see your grandma, she could of taught you about life. Gave you game. Helped you stand tall. But it’s all good tho! She stood for, love and happiness. Grandma was a solider, believe she looking over!”
On “Walls”… Marvel once again displays an aptitude to appreciate all angles through his works, addressing how men mistreatment of women often causes a cycle leading to constructions of internal walls “She tired of love, she don’t wanna fall no mo’. Promise herself she never get called no hoe. He done her wrong, so she turn off her phone. Hopin’ you don’t call no mo’. She just hides behind her walls… she just hides behind her walls”
Society seems so committed to for years thrust the notion of absent black fathers and black men not loving their women. Marvel begs to differ, and does so with a refreshing conviction throughout the album with what seems to be an unconscious necessity to express otherwise.
And you know Marvel, whose movement: Live in Peace is very active in being involved in the community, even recently collecting massive amounts of water for the people of Flint, couldn’t not not give you theme music to rise up to! With tracks such as “Live in Peace” (a ballad calling for harmony and cease-fire as he reflects over Dice’s smooth crooning) or the West Coast swayed “The Whole World Is a Ghetto” produced by Mr. Analog, he does just that.
The drums pounds with fury on the hard hitting “For the Massa”… A roar of defiance that enough is enough! The bars compliment, going just as hard as well! “We ain’t shit, is what massa sellin and… we rebelling since we learned about our melanining. Shit pass the weed let’s get higher, feel like Gravey with a rifle. I’m a King by design and desire”. Marvel here provokes a Tupac level of passion reminding me of “Holler If You Hear Me”… but speaking of channeling ancestors.
On the reggae funk filled “Freedom Spoke”, you feel as though the legend Bob Marley cosigned the vibe personally as his vocals lead way to the track. Marvel uses the flow to drop gems and provide real goals with simplistically deep stanzas like “I just want to make it out the ghetto before they take me out. Or take us out like Tubman, I’m a make a route”.
Marvel’s “Untitled: Accepting Ideas from God” is a well-crafted project that you can let flow from top to bottom. The production is stellar, and Marvel comes off as a man fully understanding that time is precious and that he has a message to share. So he gives it to you via music you can truly enjoy.
Album Rated: Certified Treal!