Day in the Life
FINALLY...IT"S HERE! The debut album from Guido Corleone, "A Day in the Life..." has been in the works for some time now, and the finished product is dark and smokey. The album takes you on a personal journey through "A Day in the Life..." of one of hip-hop's up-and-coming rapper/producer extraordinaires, Guido Corleone, and his scarred-heart, in-flight soul, non-conformist political brand of patented hip-hop. All this swirled-in with a "Godfather-themed" collection of samples and beats, as well as many other classic film and poetry clips, make this album an instant classic in it's own right. The album starts with a nod to "The Don" himself, Marlon Brando, echoing his famous introductory interaction from the most beautiful and well-crafted piece of cinema ever made, "The Godfather", over a looming and ominous beat hand-crafted by Transducer, go-to engineer and producer of the legendary LA-based hip-hop/graf crew, The Shape Shifters, who helped by contributing his musical assault wizardry on "A Day in the Life...". (Look for Transducer's version of the Sublime classic, "Waiting For My Ruca" featuring the 'Shape's Awol One and Abstract Rude (Project Blowed) on "Look at All The Love We Found - A Tribute To Sublime, out now on Cornerstone Records.) Brando sets the tone that we are entering a world of business, heart-ache, and fantasy, that continues on past the intro on the opener called "Don't Even Ask", where Corleone beckons listeners to not even ask about his inspiration and hardships, dealing with a range of topics from hash bricks to being lovesick, a prophetic view of a world haunted by toxic gas and weapons of mass destruction. And a catchy hook that'll have you' "lovin'" Guido whether you like it or not. The album continues with it's title track and theme-song, "A Day in the Life". Guido continues to spill his guts on the track as he describes the choices, challenges, and struggles that make up an average day for the man, repeatedly claiming, "It's Just a Day in the Life..." The song's rounded out with a tribute to another departed musical genius and master of his craft, John Lennon, and a Beatles-esque outro from the song of the same name. And this all is in the first three tracks!!! Other instant classics include: "Trippin'", a guide to the benefits and pitfalls of drug usage, "Old Time" and "Lost It", self-loathing love songs where Guido evaluates past relationships and their deep-rooted meanings to who he is today, (Track 6), which is a clever three-song suite evaluating the events leading up to 9/11, placing us "caught in a Whirlpool", and beckoning someone to end the insanity, and the last lyrical assault on the album, "The Corleone March", a heavy, march-inspired beat, which places the listener on the streets of the Little Italy circa 1926 during the Feast of San Gannero, and brings them back to future, with Guido laying' it all out on the table once again, with a possibility of "cosmic suicide", "unless someone out there can give him something to hold onto..." The album is finished off with a beautiful classical guitar piece, "Vida Postmortem", composed and performed by Guido himself, preceded by a discussion of both "Dons" and "Father and Sons". The track echoes the Italian-American family theme of the album, and eloquently closes this well-crafted project foreshadowing a taste of what's yet to come. In all, Guido Corleone's flagship release form his self-propelled label, Bell Rang Records, is a breath of fresh air in hip-hop's often-recycled themes and styles, and fits nicely into the genre as well. If your looking to get in touch with your family, and your heart, mind and soul over some beats and rhymes, ask your friends in the neighborhood about Guido Corleone, they'll tell you he knows how to return a favor. Or better yet, listen to Guido himself - He'll make you an offer you can't refuse...