Tacoma Weekly- CD Review

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LaMar Hudson
"I Am Who I Am"

LaMar Hudson: CD Review

Reviewed by Ben Miller

Tacoma Weekly
Reviewed on: October 4, 2007

LaMar Hudson is not your average rapper. He doesn’t rhyme about guns, drugs and hoes or let his ego explode all over his album. In fact, rapping isn’t even what he puts most of his time into. 

 Hudson is first and foremost a motivational speaker, and his music is just a bonus.

 His album, “I Am Who I Am,” is a chance for him to express his creative side while reaching out to children whom he gives his positive speeches to.

 If good messages and a constructive attitude are what you are looking for, then Hudson is your man.
 For fans of popular rap, however, he is quite a departure. His album is about as far from Kanye West or 50 Cent as you can find. The music sounds like it is from the 1980’s before rap hit the street and chose violence as the topic of choice.

 It is like Sir-Mix-A-Lot, only if he rapped about positive body image. The album is very interconnected with the speeches he gives to local youth organizations and schools. All of the songs focus on specific topics such as bullies, tobacco use or violence, and warns listeners against the effects these things.
 In fact some of the song titles such as “Let’s Lose the Violence” and “Don’t be a Knuckle Head, Don’t Be a Bully” are also the titles of some of the speeches and programs he does. 

 Hudson isn’t trying to appeal to a mass audience with the record, but rather to give children a chance to listen to something different that offers a positive message. He grew up in a family that suffered from violence and substance abuse, and he wants to teach children to do what he has always done: be positive.
 The title track certainly kicks the record off positively. It is something of an introduction for Hudson, who says that all he tries to do is be himself and he wants to get others to listen and do the same to make the world a better place.

 “Then we got people that’s running ‘round like they blind/ Not seeing what I’m saying and ain’t hearing my rhymes/ To get them all convinced will take a little more time/ I guess I’m gonna have to write a little more rhyme.” 

 On “Peer Pressure,” he tries to tell listeners that it is just not worth giving in to what the track is all about, peer pressure. “But I don’t have the time/ Because I ain’t flyin’ blind/ I got my eyes wide open and I’m doin’ fine/ That’s how I’m gonna be/ Peer pressure free.” 

 If you want something different and uplifting, or a rap album that both parents and children can enjoy together, give Hudson a try. If you want to hear about cop killing and drinking 40’s look somewhere else.

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