Monster is a new single from Nashville based hip hop artist, TIO. This track is set to be part of a full album titled The Age of Christ (which will be forthcoming at a later date.) The first thing I noticed about Monster is that this jam has one of the coolest beats I’ve ever heard in rap music. It’s robotic and minimalist and just has a really sweet retro-futuristic sound, like you’re in a spacecraft’s control room. The song does a good job of gradually building up like an amusement park ride, and when it finally kicks in you can really feel the full effect. The same is true with TIO’s delivery, which starts off slow and casual-like as he humbly rants about his struggles and frustrations. Then he kicks into high gear. and you realize this guy’s got it. True to the title, he let’s a little bit of the monster out, like a rattlesnake giving off a warning. Really a solid jam, and it left me feeling impressed with TIO’s songwriting ability and theatrical performance instincts.
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