PNC has really out done himself with his third release ĎMan on Wire,í collaborating with some of New Zealandís most innovative musicians and underlying the early tracks with movie sound bites makes for a brilliant sounding unique album.
The first track Murder classically showcases PNCís natural talent for making music and the balance that he is trying to portray hence the album title. As the album plays you get a sense of that balance, every track seems symmetrical from the start to finish. Listening to the whole album is the only way you will understand how good PNC really is.
The second track Let your lover know which features The Checks seems like musical and collaborative genius, mixing Genres is never easy and definitely does not always work but this song is cohesive in both lyrical and musical styling.
Te Awanui Reeder, Vince Harder and Joe London all provide beautiful harmonies in their respective collaborations, She Got It and Be With You are little dance club electro numbers and Smile which pushes up close as a Hip Hop Ballad.
Slow Motion comes in with Jordache backed by Homebrew and seems to change up the tone of the album like a quick shot of pure hip hop followed by Another Night which brings us back full circle to PNCís infamous rap roots.
The Flame surprised me with Jessie Gurunathan singing back up to PNCís usually really masculine presence is balanced at the end of the album with her soft, sweet vocals. The Flame leads into I Want It All a simple love letter to the future which after the emotions ventured though-out the album leaves you with that sense of balance.
Rookie Card - the symbol of [someone] entering the league, and if they turn out to be a legend itís by far the most valuable." Ė PNC
Modern Hip-Hop is lost. The art form has become somewhat of a caricature of its former self. The innovative and rebellious nature of its golden era has been replaced by sub-standard replication and an overall mundane attitude. So often the most inspiring the culture has to offer is overshadowed by the most embarrassing. As time and time again artists stumble over themselves to duplicate an inferior status quo, it has become clear Rap music needs reminding of what made it so captivating and entertaining in the first place.