Bubba Hotep 2017
"Before it's Over," the first track on Ian Palmer's (aka E Major's), EP "Bubba Hotep," reintroduces the artist with the first lines: "Mark the words of a marked man/ Who love a lady who got smarts and a dark tan." These opening lines let you know the artist has grown and matured. The following tracks show Ian Palmer toying with ideas of what it means to be a conscious, or "woke," rapper and what it is to try to make intelligent rap music in 2017. He plays with words and turns phrases, one minute being sincere (You're not the only one out here dealing with demons), the next completely ridiculous (You're awkward/ I talk turds/ high off words).
This spacey, intergalactic, trip into the innerspace Ian Palmer's mind provides a fresh take on a genre that has gotten either stale in the case of the mainstream, or too disconnected from the audience, in the case of the underground artists that litter sites like Soundcloud and Bandcamp.